Top divers take the plunge in Leeds

Phoebe Banks, aged 14, from Swillington. Pictures: Simon Hulme
Phoebe Banks, aged 14, from Swillington. Pictures: Simon Hulme
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Diving stars from across the globe made a splash when they dropped into Leeds this weekend, along with one of the world’s best cliff divers.

The water babies made waves at the three-day G-Star Diving Championships at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Middleton, Leeds.

Joe Stocking, aged 11 and from Tingley, in action.

Joe Stocking, aged 11 and from Tingley, in action.

The event, hosted by the City of Leeds Diving Club, featured teams from South Africa and the US as well as the UK.

Adrian Hinchliffe, the club’s head coach for 20 years, said it was: “An incredible showcase of some of the world’s best diving talent.”

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallists Jack Laugher, Chris Mears, Rebecca Galantree and Alicia Blagg were all scheduled to take part, alongside City of Leeds teammates James Denny and Yona Knight-Wisdom.

And they were joined by Red Bull world cliff diving champion, Gary Hunt, who learned to dive in Leeds.

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