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August 2006

Four Top 12 Finishes for Boardworks at  Junior World Championships
Boardworks divers Riley McCormick and Shane Miszkiel turned in strong results for Canada at the 2006 World Junior Diving Championships, August 23 - 27 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 15 year old McCormick, the current Boys B Canadian Junior Champion and record holder was a medal favourite in the Boys B platform event.  He was in bronze medal position after preliminaries. but slipped to sixth place after a miss on his 2nd dive.

‘’I’m pretty disappointed after placing third in the morning preliminaries,’’ said McCormick. ‘’I had a great first dive in the final but made a big mistake on the second and that threw me out of contention."

China was 1-2 with Li Junbai first at 534.55, Li Teng second at 510.45 and Oleksandr Gorshkov of the Ukraine third at 452.25.

McCormick followed up his platform event with strong performances in the Boys B 1 metre and 3 metre events finishing  10th and 8th respectively.  McCormick also paired up with Maxim Bouchard of Montreal in the Boys A & B 3 metre Synchro event where they placed 7th.

Miszkiel, competing at his first World Juniors, was happy to make the final in the Boys B platform event and was very satisfied with a 12th place finish.

For complete World Junior Championships results, click here.


July 2006

Riley McCormick Breaks Alex Despatie's Record at Junior Nationals
15-year old Riley McCormick scored 503.00 points in the Boys group B platform event last weekend at the Canadian Junior National Diving Championship in Edmonton breaking World Champion Alexandre Despatie's record of 494.67.  Despatie, who happened to be attending the competition to train while recovering from an injury, looked on as McCormick broke his seven year old record.

The turning point for McCormick was nailing his opening dive in the final, an inward three and half for 9.0’s and 9.5’s from the judges. “That dive had been given me a lot of trouble,” said McCormick. “It was just a great way to start the competition.”.

McCormick's win not only earned him a spot in the record books, but also a place on the Canadian Team heading to the World Junior Diving Championships in Malaysia in August where he will compete in the Boys B (14-15) 1 metre, 3 metre and platform events.

Also earning a spot on the World Junior Team was Shane Miszkiel who claimed the silver medal in the Boys B Platform event Friday, but had to wait until Sunday to find out if he made the team for sure.

"It was a long weekend of waiting for Shane, but in the end his performance on platform earned him a place on the team," said Boardworks coach Tommy McLeod.  "I'm really proud of the way he put it all together at this meet."

The World Junior Diving Championships takes place in Kuala Lumpur August 23 - 27.  Watch for results.

Courtney Hattie Wins Double Gold at Jr. Nationals
Boardworks newest rising star, 10 year old Courtney Hattie, announced her arrival on the national scene with gold medal performances in two of her events this past weekend at the Canadian Junior Nationals in EdmontonHattie, a first time competitor at the national level won the Girls D (11 & under) platform and the Girls D 3 metre events.  Hattie was also named Best Overall Group D Female of the meet.

It was a very close competition, but Courtney's consistency and hard work leading up to the event really paid off for her", said Boardworks coach Lisa Boog.

Also delivering personal best performances during the competition was first time national competitor Julia Milden (Girls 11 & under), finishing 10th & 12th in the Girls D 1m and platform respectively, Eric Neil, who claimed two top 12 finishes in Group C Boys (12-13) events and Megan Lilburn with a 9th place finish in the Girls Group C (12-13) 1 metre event.

For complete event results click here.

Boardworks Divers Vie for Junior World Championship Team Berths
Senior national team member Riley McCormick of Victoria is among the favourites competing in the 2006 Speedo Junior National Diving Championships, taking place July 13-16 at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in Edmonton.

Divers from ages 9 to 18 will be battling for national titles and divers aged 14-18 will be competing for 12 available spots on the national team that will represent Canada at the 2006 FINA World Junior Diving Championships scheduled for August 23-27 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

McCormick, who missed the 2005 Junior Nationals Championships because of a schedule conflict with the World Championships in Montreal, is a 13 time junior national champion and favourite in the Boys B events.  He will face tough competition from Kevin Leong of Edmonton and Maxim Morneau-Ricard of Quebec City.

Eighteen Boardworks divers will be making the trip to Edmonton this year including 2005 Junior National team members Molly Schupbach, Patrick Heaney, Rachel Kemp and Shane Miszkiel.

For daily live event coverage and results visit


June 2006

Gorup-Paul & Sehn Qualify for World Cup
Boardworks divers Wegadesk Gorup-Paul and Eric Sehn were two of  the nine Canadian divers named to the World Cup team which will compete July 19 - 23 in Changshu, China.  Gorup-Paul, who easily won the Canadian Men's 10 metre title at the Summer National Championships in Winnipeg June 11 to earn a berth, will also pair up with Boardworks teammate Eric Sehn in the Men's 10 metre Synchro event.

In the Men's platform event Gorup-Paul won the gold medal with 1,240.10 points with Kevin Geyson of Winnipeg was second at 1,139.85 and Sehn third at 1,128.60.

‘’It’s a big load off my shoulders to get on World Cup team,’’ said Gorup-Paul. ‘’I didn’t do anything fancy and except for one dive in the final everything was very strong. But I certainly hope to increase the difficulty of my list for the World Cup.’’

Sehn’s victory in the 10-metre synchro event with Gorup-Paul was also his second gold of the competition. He won the one-metre on Friday.

‘’Wegadesk and I only got together in March so we’re still fine tuning,’’ said Sehn. ‘’But we have the tools to be a strong synchro team. We’re a good match and we have similar strengths. It’s a pretty exciting moment for me personally to know I’m going to the World Cup.’’

The World Cup is the 3rd most important competition behind the Olympics and World Championships.  In addition to Gorup-Paul and Sehn the Canadian team is Emilie Heymans, Montreal ( 10-metre, three-metre and three-metre synchro), Marie-Eve Marleau, Montreal (10-metre), Blythe Hartley of Calgary (three-metre, three-metre synchro), Filion and Benfeito, Montreal (10-metre synchro), Arturo Miranda, Montreal (three-metre), Julio Abate, Montreal (three-metre).

Boardworks Divers Aim for World Cup Team Berths
Five Boardworks divers are in contention for World Cup team berths at the Summer National Championships in Winnipeg this weekend.  Rachel Kemp, Martha Dale, Riley McCormick, Wegadesk Group-Paul and Eric Sehn all have a good chance of capturing one of 8 - 12 spots on the team heading to Changshu, China in July.

Kemp, 14, who became the youngest national medallist in Canadian diving when she won a silver medal in the Women's Platform event at the 2006 Winter Nationals, hopes to repeat that performance to earn a berth on the team. 

Gorup-Paul, McCormick and Sehn look to qualify in the Men's Platform event where Sehn and Gorup-Paul won silver and bronze at the Winter Nationals.  McCormick, who is coming off several illnesses and injuries is also a contender having finished 7th in his Fina Grand Prix debut in Russia in March. 

Events start Thursday, June 8 and continue through Sunday, June 11.For live National Championship results, visit


April 2006

13-year-old Rachel Kemp Fourth on Tower at Diving Grand Prix
ZHUHAI, China- Thirteen-year-old Rachel Kemp of Victoria continued to astound the diving world on Friday at a 17-country Grand Prix competition finishing fourth on women’s 10-metre tower just ahead of another young rising star Roseline Filion of Laval, Que.

Chinese divers took the top-two spots while Kemp totalled 317.60 points and Filion, a world championship bronze medallist in synchro 10-metre last year, was fifth at 317.40.

‘’I’m just ecstatic with Rachel’s performance, it’s awesome’’ said Kemp’s coach Trevor Palmatier. ‘’Rachel just improved through every round despite feeling tired. She’s been very busy this year with Grand Prix events and the Commonwealth Games. It was a tough field here with most of the countries sending their top divers.’’

Palmatier was particularly impressed with how Kemp delivered her best dives in crucial situations.

’The dive for her today was her back twister in the semifinal,’’ he said. ‘’There were three girls battling for a spot in the final and she nailed that dive to advance.’’

Filion, 18, produced a steady and consistent performance as well.

‘’The future is certainly bright for us in this event,’’ said Palmatier. ‘’Roseline and Rachel are really pushing each other. But Rachel is so new to all this that Roseline has really helped her out and been like a big sister for her.’’

In men’s 10-metre synchro, Wegadesk Gorup-Paul of Victoria and Eric Sehn of Edmonton teamed up for the first time in competition and were a surprising fifth out of 10 entries. They were last after the first two rounds but gradually climbed the standings to crack the top-half of the field.

‘’They were just great and performed beyond our expectations,’’ said Palmatier. ‘’In fact it’s one of our best international performances in the event. As a nation we’re still trying to figure out what would be our best combo. Wegadesk and Eric showed a lot of potential.’’

Competition continues through to Sunday.

1. CHN Jiang Lishuang, 406.70
2. CHN Chen Ruolin, 390.40
3. JPN Risa Asada, 333.95
4. CAN Rachel Kemp, 317.60
5. CAN Roseline Filion, 317.40
6. UKR Irina Prokopchuk, 272.40

1. CHN Huo Liang / Lin Yue, 450.72
2. RUS Dobroskok / Galperin, 444.96
3. PRK Jong Nam Ri / Chon Man Kim, 375.27
4. MAS Bryan Nickson / James Sandayud, 373.89
5. CAN Sehn / Gorup-Paul, 360.24
6. USA Bricker / Kinzbach, 356.43
7. GER Sascha Klein / Patrick Hausding, 347.88
8. BLR Vadim Kaptur / Tsimofei Hardzechuk, 343.86
9. GBR Gary Hunt / Callum Johnstone, 332.76

Boardworks Wins Vaanta Cup
Boardworks took Europe by storm last weekend winning 20 medals at the 2006 Vaanta Cup in Finland. Lead by Shane Miszkiel who won 4 gold medals, each of the seven divers who attended them meet came home with a medal.  

Boardworks faced tough competition from divers from Finland, Russia, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands but was strong enough to win the Top Team award and Shane Miszkiel and Molly Schupbach won the Best Boy and Best Girl awards.

Girls C 1m: Megan Lilburn (Gold), Molly Schupbach (5th);
Girls B 3m: Molly Schupbach (Gold), Megan Lilburn (Silver);
Girls B Platform: Molly Schupbach (Silver), Megan Lilburn (Bronze)

Girls A 1m: Liana Bugslag (4th)
Girls A 3m: Liana Bugslag (2nd)
Girls A Platform: Liana Bugslag (Gold)

Women's Open 1m: Liana Bugslag (Bronze)
Women's Open 3m: Liana Bugslag (Bronze)
Women's Open Platform: Liana Bugslag (Silver)

Boys C 1m: Kevin Vos (Silver), Patrick Heaney (Bronze)
Boys C 3m: Kevin Vos (Silver), Patrick Heaney (4th)
Boys C Platform: Kevin Vos (Gold), Patrick Heaney (5th)

Boys B 1m: Shane Miszkiel (Gold), Fraser McKean (Silver)
Boys B 3m: Shane Miszkiel (Gold), Fraser McKean (Silver)
Boys B Platform: Shane Miszkiel (Gold)

Men's Open 1m: Shane Miszkiel (5th), Fraser McKean (6th)
Men's Open 3m: Shane Miszkiel (5th), Fraser McKean (6th)
Men's Open Platform: Shane Miszkiel (Gold)

Boardworks World Tour Starts in Finland

Boardworks divers Shane Miszkiel, Megan Lilburn, Molly Schupbach, Liana Bugslag, Fraser McKean, Patrick Heaney, and Kevin Vos start the Boardworks World Tour this week at the Vaanta Cup in Helsinki, Finland this week.  They will be looking to repeat the successes enjoyed by our divers at last years international trip to the Talent Cup in Germany where Boardworks dominated the competition.  Again, our divers are expected to be the front runners in many of the events and we look forward to some excellent dives and finishes.  The team will be accompanied to Finland by coaches Lisa Boog and Tommy McLeod.  Good luck to the team and watch out for reindeer...
The second leg of the Boardworks World Tour continues Saturday, before our first ground troops are back from Helsinki, with Rachel Kemp, Wegadesk Gorup-Paul, Martha Dale and Eric Sehn heading out to the far East for the FINA Grand Prix meet in Zhuhai, China.  Rachel, Weg, Eric and coach Trevor Palmatier will also be staying an extra day at the request of China for a demonstration of diving skills in Macau.  This meet is one of the best in the world, and the last stop on the Grand Prix tour before the Canadian leg in Victoria.  Good luck and remember the toilet paper...
As the team returns from China, they will pass somewhere in the skies with another airplane carrying Shane and Riley McCormick along with coach McLeod to the Springertagen meet in Aachen, Germany.  This is the biggest Jr. meet in the world, second only in size and performance to the Jr. World Championships, which will also be held later this year in Malaysia.  The Germany meet will be the last chance for the world's best Jr. divers to test themselves against each other before the Jr. Worlds.  Last year, McCormick won Canada's only medal at the Germany meet, a bronze in the boys B platform.  Good luck and sorry you're not at the bungalows....
The fourth week will see the world's elite divers gather right here at home in Victoria for the Canada Cup FINA Grand Prix!  Further information on this event is linked to this site and you can keep up to date on the latest information about Canada Cup here.  Results from each leg will also be available here, so keep checking back for the latest!


March 2006

Double Commonwealth Gold for Blythe Hartley
MELBOURNE- Blythe Hartley of Victoria’s Boardworks Diving Club earned the gold medal on women’s three-metre Saturday for her second win in diving competition this week at the Commonwealth Games.

Hartley led for four of the five rounds in the Women’s 3 metre final and totalled 690.05 points. Chantelle Newbery of Australia was second at 681.30 and her compatriot Kathryn Blackshaw was third at 629.00.

‘’I’m very excited about the three-metre title, it was a lot of work today,’’ said Hartley, also the one-metre winner on Friday. ‘’It was much more challenging than yesterday and I’m happy with my performance. I didn’t start off very well but I was very pleased with the last three dives. I didn’t feel that great and I was concerned whether I’d have enough endurance to make it through the day.’’

The Canadian divers concluded another outstanding international performance with nine medals (five gold, one silver and three bronze). Australia also won five gold and 15 medals overall in diving.

Blythe Hartley Wins Commonwealth Gold

World champion Blythe Hartley of Boardworks won the Women's 1 metre title at the Commonwealth Games.  Hartley showed why she is the world champ collecting 644.95 points for her fourth career Games medal.  Sharleen Stratton of Australia was second at 596.45 and her compatriot Kathryn Blackshaw third at 544.40. 

‘’I’m very pleased, it was very consistent,’’ said Hartley, 23, a runner-up in the event at the 1998 and 2002 Games.  ‘’I used the same list as at worlds and I received the same kind of scores on each dive.  I had a few competitions heading in here (on the NCAA circuit) so it wasn’t the ideal situation arriving late but I tried not to focus on that.  I’m pretty excited to be here with my team-mates and the Commonwealth Games are always a great experience.’’

13-year-old Boardworks diver Rachel Kemp was 10th.Kemp was pleased with her showing.  She was also sixth on 10-metre earlier this week. 

‘’The one-metre is not my best event,’’ she said. ‘’And it’s a quite a jump from the junior to the senior level in this event. My prelims were pretty good but I’m so happy with how I did in the finals.  I managed to stay relaxed and confident. I absolutely loved my experience at these Games. ’’

In men’s 10-metre synchro, Matthew Helm and Robert Newbery of Australia won the gold medal with 440.58 points while Wegadesk Gorup-Paul and 14-year-old Riley McCormick of Victoria were fourth at 396.18.

‘’Our individual dives were very good but we need to work on our synchronization,’’ said McCormick, who was 11th with his partner in the same event at the world championships last year. ‘’What stood out for us is that we didn’t miss anything.’’

Excitement for Canada's Youngest Diver
March 15, 2006 - Canada’s youngest athlete at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne – 13-year-old diver, Rachel Kemp – is a former gymnast, who took up diving just over four years ago.

Kemp burst onto the senior diving scene with a silver medal performance at Canada’s winter national championships and Commonwealth Games trials in Winnipeg.

She became the youngest female senior national medallist in Canadian diving history with her second place finish in the women's 10 metre platform event.

“This is way beyond my expectations,’’ the grade seven student at the Royal Oak Middle School in Victoria said at the time.

“There were some dives that went better than I would have ever hoped.

“But I had some excellent training leading up so I knew if I could put it all together there was always a chance. The key was listening to my coach,” she said.

Kemp, who is a three-time junior national champion, said she was amazed when she made it into Canada's diving team - Australia's biggest rival in the sport.

"I'm excited," she said after arriving in Melbourne today. "I'm also kind of nervous, just because there are so many people. It's such a big meet and I want to do well."

The tiny diver will come up against intense competition in the platform event, particularly from Olympic gold and bronze medallists, Chantelle Newbery and Loudy Tourky, from Australia and Canadian team mate and world champion, Emilie Heymans.

Kemp said her school friends were thrilled for her when she was selected to represent her country at the Melbourne Games.

"They think it's kind of crazy," she said.

The Games Diving competition begins on 22 March and continues through to 25 March at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Click here for the CBC Commonwealth Games television coverage schedule.

Boardworks Teenagers 7th & 8th in Grand Prix Debut
ELECTROSTAL, Russia- Fourteen-year-old Riley McCormick of Victoria posted a personal best score Friday to place an impressive seventh on men’s 10-metre tower in his Grand Prix diving debut while 13 year old Rachel Kemp, also competing in her first Grand Prix event, was eighth on women’s tower.


On men’s tower, McCormick totalled 410 points in the semifinal and missed a berth in Saturday’s final by only one spot.  Wegadesk Gorup-Paul of Victoria was 13th in the preliminaries missing a berth in the semis by one position.


‘’To have a personal best score in the biggest event I’ve ever competed in is really satisfying,’’ said McCormick, a 12-time national junior champion.  ‘’I was most pleased with my back armstand triple which I had completely missed in the prelims.  To comeback and nail it was the best for me because I hit it so well.  The judging here is really tough and I was so proud to see some 8.5’s go up for that dive at a meet like this.’’


McCormick’s coach Trevor Palmatier was confident his pupil could deliver such a strong performance in competition.


‘’He was phenomenal,’’ said Palmatier.  ‘’It was quite an accomplishment. He has a very hard list and he hit five of six dives in the semi and he was on par with the very best divers in the world.  He was the youngest kid in the event and to do so well really augurs well for the future.’’


McCormick has battled injuries and illness this season as well.  He had mononucleosis at the start of the year and is battling a painful thumb injury which continues to bother him in competition.


More Canadian youngsters showed outstanding skills on women’s 10-metre tower. 13-year-old Rachel Kemp of Victoria was third after the preliminaries behind two Chinese divers, qualifying for the semi-finals before being eliminated.  Kemp, also in her Grand Prix debut, finish in eighth place overall. 


McCormick, Kemp, Gorup-Paul and Palmatier now all head to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games.

2006 Canada Cup Comes To Victoria
The world's best divers will be in Victoria May 5 - 7 for the 2006 Canada Cup Fina Diving Grand Prix. Victoria's Boardworks Diving Club will play host to Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games champions from Canada, China, Russia, Italy, the United States, Great Britain and Cuba.

World champions and Olympic medallists Blythe Hartley from Victoria and Alexandre Despatie from Montreal will be in Victoria to compete as well as Boardworks divers Rachel Kemp, Wegadesk Gorup-Paul, Eric Sehn and Martha Dale.

Canada Cup is the 6th of 9 stops on the 2006 Fina Grand Prix circuit.  Grand Prix events are also held in Sydney, Australia, Rostock, Germany, Electrosal, Russia, Madrid, Spain, Zhuhai, China, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Rome, Italy. 


January 2006

Four Boardworks Divers Named To Commonwealth Games Team
Boardworks wrapped up a successful weekend at the Winter Senior National Championships by having four divers named to the 2006 Commonwealth Games Team.  World Champion Blythe Hartley and World Championship finallists Wegadesk Gorup-Paul and Riley McCormick will be joined by 12-year old Rachel Kemp, who surprised many at her first senior national competition with a silver medal in the Women's 10 metre Platform event.

Gorup-Paul and McCormick will team up again in the Men's Synchro 10-metre event, while Gorup-Paul will also compete in the Men's 10-metre Platform individual event.

Hartley, a 2002 Commonwealth Games double medallist, will compete in the Women's 3 metre event as well as the Women's 3 metre synchro event with her 2004 Olympic bronze medal-winning partner Emilie Heymans of Montreal.

Kemp, who is 12-years old and a three-time junior national champion, was also awarded the Beverley Boys Award for top overall female performance at the championships.

The Commonwealth Games will take place in Melbourne, Australia, March 15 - 21.

For complete national championship results visit

12- Year Old Rachel Kemp Youngest Medallist at National Champs

Boardworks diver Rachel Kemp burst onto the senior diving scene Saturday with a silver medal performance at the Winter National Championships and Commonwealth Games Trials in Winnipeg.  Kemp, who is only 12 years old, became the youngest female senior national medallist in Canadian diving history with her second place finish in the Women's 10 metre Platform event.

Kemp, who splits her training between Head Coach Trevor Palmatier and Assistant Coach Tommy McLeod, just learned her dives on 10-metre this past fall. 

"This is way beyond my expectations,’’ said the grade seven student. ‘’There were some dives that went better than I would have ever hoped. But I had some excellent training leading up so I knew if I could put it all together there was always a chance. The key was listening to my coach.’’

Kemp, a former gymnast who took up diving just over 4 years ago, is vying for a place on the Canadian team which will compete at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia this March.  The team will be named Sunday upon the completion of the competition.

Double Gold for Blythe Hartley at Nationals Championships
Boardworks diver and World champion Blythe Hartley won two gold medals on Friday at the Winter Nationals and Commonwealth Games team trials diving competition.

On women’s one-metre springboard, Hartley was the victor with 305.80 points followed by Kelly MacDonald of Edmonton in second in 259.85 and Véronique Lemieux of Montreal third in 242.65. Hartley, 23, won gold in the event at the world aquatic championships in Montreal.

’I was quite pleased overall although I could have been sharper on some dives,’’ said Hartley, who’ll graduate this spring with a communications major form the University of Southern California. Her best dives on the day were her reverse and inward dives on which she received some 9.0’s from the judges.

On women’s synchronized three-metre, Hartley and Emilie Heymans of Pointe-Claire, Que., renewed their partnership for the first time since their bronze medal performance at the 2004 Athens Olympics and won the gold with 282.42 points. Martha Dale of Victoria and Mandy Moran of Calgary were second at 275.76 and Meaghan Benfeito and Jennifer Abel, both of Montreal, third at 268.50.

It was also Heymans’ first major competition on springboard since the Athens Games as she focused solely on 10-metre platform last year. Both divers have 22 national titles apiece.

‘’We didn’t have much time to prepare so overall it actually went better than we thought,’’ said Heymans. ‘’Our preliminaries were very strong but I think we were a bit tired in the final and both missed a dive. But we did train together for over a year in preparation for the Olympics and it showed tonight that we know how each other works.’’

Boardworks Among Sport BC Award Nominees

Boardworks divers Riley McCormick and Blythe Hartley, as well as Head Coach Trevor Palmatier, were among the finalist for the annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards. 
This year’s event will mark the fortieth year for the Athlete of the Year Awards, the longest-running sport recognition event in the country.  Awards in sixteen different categories are given for performances during the past year. Finalists are chosen through a confidential voting process by a select committee of media and sport representatives from around the province.

McCormick, 14, who was nominated in the Junior Male Athlete of the Year category, burst on to the Senior diving circuit this season with a bronze medal at the Summer Senior National Championships.  He followed that up with a top 12 finish at the World Championships in Montreal in the Men's Synchro 10-metre event with partner Wegadesk Gorup-Paul where they finished a respectable 11th.

Olympic medallist Blythe Hartley was nominated in the Senior Female Athlete of the Year category after becoming World Champion in the Women's 1-metre event in Montreal in July.  Hartley also won the National 3-metre title in June.

Boardworks Head Coach Trevor Palmatier, who was named Senior Coach of the Year by Diving Plongeon Canada in November, was nominated in the Coach of the Year category.  Palmatier, who coaches McCormick, Hartley, Gorup-Paul and national team member Martha Dale, had an outstanding year including one world championship title, 4 world championship finalists and 4 national titles.

Winners will be announced at the annual Athlete of the Year Awards banquet on Wednesday, March 8 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver.

December 2005

Tori Kennedy Wins Marc LePoole Award

Boardworks diver Tori Kennedy was the recipient of the 2005 Marc LePoole Award which was presented in Victoria on December 17.  This annual award is presented to an individual for their inspirational contribution to diving.  It is meant as an honor consistent with the outstanding contributions of Marc LePoole to our diving community.  Marc LePoole was the first President of Boardworks Diving (then known as Pacific Coast Diving) and served in that capacity for the past 12 years since helping to found the club in 1993.  Marc also sat as the President of BC Diving for the past 3 years, and prior to his involvement in Victoria, was the President of Dive Calgary, where his son (Chris LePoole) and daughter (Lisa LePoole) trained as divers.  Chris was a long-time member of our Sr. National Team, finishing 8th on 3m at the World Cup in 1991 and was a member of the Pan-American Games and World Championships teams in the late 1990's.  Marc worked extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure that Boardworks would become a successful club with tremendous opportunities for our divers.  Marc lost a long battle with kidney disease in March of 2005, leaving an incredible legacy for the diving community and unforgettable memories of this amazing man.  The Marc LePoole Award honors these memories.

At the Jr. World Championships in Brasil, October of 2004, Boardworks diver Tori Kennedy was diagnosed with an extremely rare blood disease, "aplastic anemia," which only inflicts 2 people in a million.  Tori had dived in Calgary for most of her career, moving to Victoria to train with Head Coach Trevor Palmatier in the fall of 2002.  Her condition was considered life-threatening at the time of diagnosis, and she required an immediate blood transfusion to even fly home to Calgary safely.  Since then she has battled this disease with courage and strength far beyond her years and with the tremendous support of her parents Pat & Laurie and her brother Tristan.  She has endured two failed attempts at drug therapy and finally opted for a bone marrow transplant that has successfully cured her of the anemia!  Never a complainer, Tori faced this struggle with a dignity and bravery that matched Marc's own character and I know first hand that he was very proud of her outlook.

Tori recently visited us again in Victoria and came to see all her teammates - even lending a hand on the judging panel at the recent BC Provincial Championships.  She is now back in Calgary where she is still in recovery and will soon begin weaning off her medications and start physical therapy.  She hopes to be back on the diving board next year at this time.  Remarkably, the University of Arkansas is holding her diving scholarship for her and will honor it whether she gets back to diving or not.  What an incredible and terrific offer from U of A! 

Congratulations Tori Kennedy on this great honor.  And continued improvement in your recovery.  We have all been touched and inspired by your tenacity and courage - you must have recognized that from all the tears and your standing ovation.  Next time you come visit though, you'll need to bring your bathing suit!


November 2005

Trevor Palmatier Named Canadian Sr. Coach of the Year 
Boardworks' Head Coach Trevor Palmatier was named Canadian Senior Coach of the Year at the Diving Plongeon Canada Annual General Meeting November 18 - 20 in Ottawa.  It is the first time a coach from outside the province of Quebec has won this award. 

“I’m a bit surprised, but definitely thrilled to have my hard work recognized,” said Palmatier Sunday.  “It’s an honour for myself, my divers and for our diving club.”

Palmatier, who has been with Boardworks since 1996, had a career best season this year qualifying four divers for the World Aquatic Championships this past July in Montreal, including 2005 World one-metre Champion Blythe Hartley.  

Hartley, who won the Women’s 1 metre World title with a world record score, was also named Athlete of the Year at the Diving Plongeon Canada AGM.

Victoria's Wegadesk Gorup-Paul, 17, was a World Championship semi-finalist in the Men's 10 metre in Montreal and he teamed up with 14-year old Riley McCormick in the Men's 10 metre Synchro where they placed a respectable 11th. Senior National team member Martha Dale rounded out the Boardworks contingent placing 7th in the Women's 3 metre Synchro and 10th in the Women's 1 metre.

Additional highlights this season for Palmatier included four national championship titles; one by Dale at the Winter Nationals and two won by Hartley and one by Gorup-Paul at the Summer Nationals. Riley McCormick won a bronze medal at the same competition while Martha Dale won silver in the Women’s 1-metre event.

The 2005 Canada Games in Regina in August capped off the season with Gorup-Paul and McCormick finishing 1-2 in the Men's 10 metre event, both posting Canada Games record breaking performances.

September 2005

Boardworks Divers Win Medals at Junior Pan Am Championships

Four young Boardworks divers braved the winds and rain from Hurricane Katrina to each win a medal at the Pan Am Junior Diving Championships in Fort Lauderdale last month.  Boardworks divers made up 1/6th of the 24 person team, but won 1/3 of the medals won by Canada.

Twelve year-old Rachel Kemp lead the team with 2 gold and one silver medal in the Girls Group C events.

Eleven year old Patrick Heaney brought home two silver medals which he won in the Boys D 1 metre and Boys D Platform.

Shane Miszkiel, 13, won a bronze medal in the Boys C  1 metre event and just missed another medal in the Boys C 3 metre, where he placed 4th.

Rounding out the medals was 11-year old Molly Schupbach who finished 2nd in a very close Girls D Platform event after finishing 4th, .15 point out of the medals, in the Girls D 3 metre event.

For complete Boardworks results at this competition, click here.

August 2005

Gorup-Paul Named Flag Bearer for Team BC
Wegadesk Gorup-Paul (Victoria) was named Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer in front of over 200 athletes, coaches and mission staff just before boarding buses to the Ceremony.

Gorup-Paul won the Gold medal in men's 10m platform diving and set a new Canada Games Record in the process. Though keeping it to himself and his coach, Gorup-Paul competed through a torn abdominal muscle to defeat his friend and teammate Riley McCormick (Victoria) who also surpassed the Games record.

"I'm certainly honoured because our team has done so well at these Games," said Gorup-Paul. "There are so many amazing athletes to choose from. I'm sure it wasn't an easy pick."

Boardworks Medal Haul for Team BC at 2005 Canada Games

Boardworks divers Jason Earthy, Rachel Kemp, Riley McCormick and Wegadesk Gorup-Paul each brought home medals for Team BC from the 2006 Canada Summer Games which took place August  16 - 19 in Regina. 

Jason Earthy was the first Boardworks diver to claim a medal when he placed second in the Men's 1- metre event, scoring 313.65 points

Twelve year old Rachel Kemp became the youngest medallist in Canada Games history with her silver medal performance in the Women's Platform event, scoring 444.15 .  Kemp, a former gymnast has only been diving for 3 years but is proving to be one of Canadian diving's rising stars.

Seventeen year old Wegadesk Gorup-Paul, the current Canadian Men's 10 metre national champion, smashed the Canada Games record in the Men's 10 metre event scoring 620.91.  Riley McCormick, who also surpassed the previous Canada Games record, claimed the silver medal scoring 589.11.

For complete event results, please click here.

Blythe Hartley Wins World Championship Gold
Blythe Hartley reclaimed her world Championship title as well as setting a new world record at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal last month. Hartley, who joined the Boardworks team last September, won the Women's one metre title breaking her own world record set in Fukuoka, Japan in 2001.

For complete World Championship results, click here.