THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – Nine local athletes from the Thunder Bay Diving Club had their final practice today before the inaugural Phoenix Invitational gets started tomorrow in Kitchener.
Over 100 Ontario divers have assembled in Kitchener to see how they match up against each other, at the halfway point of the season.
This is the largest TBDC team to compete this season, and for four of the athletes, it’s their first experience. TBDC coach Doug Bluchier is excited about their chances. “They look good,” says Bluchier. “I think they’ll do well this weekend, even though we’re more interested in their performances than their placings.”
MacKynzie Strey is the sole 14-15 age group diver from TBDC, and she’ll compete in the 1m springboard. Angus Neil, the most experienced of the group, will compete in the 12-13 age group boys 1m and 3m springboards. Joining him in those events and also entering the 5m platform is Graeme Napper.
Jaden Doerr and Kathryn Scofich are entered in 12-13 age group girls 1m & 3m springboards, as well as the 5m platform. Parker Costanzo will compete for the first time ever in the 12-13 girls 1m springboard.
In the 10-11 age group, Jennie Farmer and Lily Dixon are in their competition debut, entered in the girl’s 1m springboard. Madeleine Dagenais is also attending her first meet ever and is entered in the 8-9 age group girls 1m springboard.
Competition gets underway Saturday morning and ends Sunday afternoon.