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A Full Set of Medals for Boardworks at Pan Am Junior Diving Championships

10.10.21, Tucson, AZ - Boardworks is bring home a full set of medals from the Pan American Junior Diving Championships in Tucson, Arizona this past weekend as Keira Lu, Ben Smyth and Renee Batalla all climbed on the podium.  Batalla lead off the medal haul winning the Girls B platform event, beating rivals from the United States and Mexico.  Lu followed up with a silver medal performance in the Girls B 1 metre event, equaling her achievement at the Pan Am Junior Championships in the Girls D 1 metre in 2017.  And Ben Smyth, in the final junior event of his career and first international competition representing Canada, claimed bronze in the Boys A 1 metre event.  Congratulations Boardworks!


Toth competes in first Olympic Games

08.04.21, Tokyo, JPN - Boardworks' Celina Toth competed in her first Olympic Games today finishing Wednesday’s competition with a cumulative score of 261.40. After missing her first dive, Toth fought back on her four remaining dives but it wasn't enough to advance to the semi-finals.  She was 30th following her first dive – the reverse two-and-a-half somersaults – but recovered to finish 23rd.

“I think the nerves got the better of me. After my second dive, I said to my coach, ‘now I understand why good divers make mistakes at the Olympics’ because it’s overwhelming,” said Toth. “Everything that I’ve done to get here and what I’ve done here, I’ve never been diving better and that was not a representation of what I can do. These last two weeks have been awesome, and I’ve been nailing my dives. I didn’t miss a thing during training so that’s probably the worst I’ve done this whole time we’ve been here which is a shame.”

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Toth is Tokyo Bound!

07.01.21, Toronto, ON - Boardworks' Celina Toth punched her ticket to Tokyo today winning the Women's 10 metre event at the Canadian Diving Trials in Toronto.  The 28 year old Toth, had a spectacular semi-final round, scoring 351.05,  which gave her a significant lead over the field as they headed in the finals Thursday afternoon.  That lead helped her win the trials and earn a spot on the 2021 Tokyo Olympic team.

This will be the third time a Boardworks diver will represent Canada at the Olympic Games.  Riley McCormick was only 16 when he competed in the Men's 10 metre platform event in 2008 in Beijing and finished an impressive 11th in the same event in 2012 in London.  This will be Toth's first Olympic Games.

The Women's 10 metre Olympic preliminaries will take place on Tuesday, August 3rd at 11pm PST  

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Diving Plongeon Canada to Host Virtual Junior National Qualification Events

04.29.21, Victoria, BC - Canada's best Junior divers will be competing nationally for the first time in over a year at Diving Plongeon Canada's first Virtual Junior National qualifying competition this weekend.  Divers competed at their home pools last week and videotaped their dives to submit to DPC.  On Friday, April 30 through to Sunday, May 2 these events will be streamed and judged live by a panel of DPC officials.  Boardworks divers Nikos Tzanetakis (D2), Jackson Congdon (C2), Mackenzie Lu (B), Keira Lu (B), Renee Batalla (B), Kayden Hayes (A), Eva Johns (A) and Ben Smyth (A) will all compete to obtain their qualifying scores for the Virtual National Championships in June.  To watch the events live, visit www.integratedsports.net

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Lu & Batalla Land on National Podium  
07.22.19, Regina, SK - Keira Lu and Renee Batalla wrapped up the 2019 Speedo Junior Development Nationals with medals in all three of the Girls Group C (12-13) events this past weekend in Regina.  Lu, a 3 time national medallist and 2017 Pan Am Junior Championship medallist, added two more medals to her collection with a silver in the Girls C 1 metre and bronze in the Girls C 3 metre event.  She narrowly missed out on a 3rd medal placing 4th in the platform event.  Renee Batalla won her first national medal in the platform event, missing gold by 2 points.  But her second place finish earned her a place on the Canadian National Team competing in Santiago, Chile at the 2019 Pan Am Junior Championships in August.

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