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Leeds diving star announces retirement

Hannah Starling warming up for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Credit: Press Association

Leeds diving star Hannah Starling has announced her retirement from diving.

The 20-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, who competed at the London 2012 Olympics, said she had fallen out of love with the sport and instead wants to return to university to study medicine.

Starling, who won bronze in the women's three-metres springboard at Glasgow 2014, wrote: "I was never about the winning, I just cared about enjoying it and being happy, and if I'm not doing that any more then it is time to move on. I've had a good career which I will be ever thankful for. Now it is time to gain new experiences and to apply to Medical school like I have always wanted."

Woman dies after suspected diving accident

A female diver has died and another is being treated in hospital after a suspected diving accident on Yorkshire's East Coast.

A dive boat in Bridlington bay contacted the coastguard at 2.35pm to report that a 60-year-old woman was unconscious.

She was airlifted to hospital in Hull but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Another diver is being assessed and has been taken to a hyperbaric unit as a precaution.

It is believed the two people were involved in a diving accident.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said a search and rescue helicopter was sent to the scene from Humberside Airport with an RNLI lifeboat from Flamborough.

"The woman was flown to Hull Royal Infirmary where Hull Coastguard Rescue Team met the helicopter.

"However, despite the efforts of all involved, the diver was declared dead on arrival at the hospital."

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman

"This is a very sad outcome and our thoughts are with the lady's friends and all those who tried to help her."

– Lucy Hicks, Humber Coastguard


Harrogate diver claims bronze in Mexico World Series

Harrogate diver Jack Laugher took bronze in the three-metre Springboard in the final leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Mexico and was ranked third in the overall rankings.

Jack has been in strong form throughout the season, with the latest medal adding to his impressive tally that also includes a silver from Canada and bronze from Russia. The 19-year-old finished with a score of 504.65 points for his second bronze of the series.

Sheffield divers heading for Youth Olympics

UK Sport have announced their funding programme and there are, of course, both winners and losers. Swimming has suffered a funding cut after delivering only three medals in London, but diving has escaped the cull.

Most of Britain's top divers are based in either Sheffield or Leeds, and so is the next generation of stars as well. In fact three youngsters from Sheffield will be amongst those heading for the Youth Olympics in Sydney in the New Year. Chris Dawkes has been to meet them.

Success for Leeds divers in World Junior Championships

Alicia Blagg and Hannah Starling

Hannah Starling and Alicia Blagg, who are both members of the City of Leeds diving squad, have won a silver medal in the 3m synchro diving event at the World Junior Championships in Adelaide.

17-year-old Hannah, who is still in the sixth form at the Grammar School at Leeds, also won the first ever World Junior medal for Great Britain in the Girls A Springboard category, taking bronze.

Hannah said, “I felt like there was some expectation because I competed at the Olympics so I decided to go in and just enjoy it, and it worked. I’m really happy with my bronze medal.”

Diving success

City of Leeds diver Jack Laugher has won his second gold medal in the space of 24 hours at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide with victory in the 3m springboard syncro alongside partner Tom Daley.

The 17-year-old Ripon diver, who has been tipped as a future world champion by American diving legend Greg Louganis, has now won four junior world crowns.

Daley and Laugher blitzed their rivals with a score of 338.85. Russian duo Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim Popkov were their closest challengers 30.83 behind.


City of Leeds duo scrape into diving semi

Becky Gallantree Credit: Press Association

Becky Gallantree and Hannah Starling scraped through to the semi-final of the women's three-metre springboard at the Aquatics Centre . Gallantree failed to get past the preliminary round in Beijing four years ago but a score of 299.25 was

enough to see her finish 16th and just inside the 18-diver cut. Starling was fractionally behind her fellow Briton with a total of 298.95 placing her 17th. The 17-year-old, the youngest diver in the competition, had been 19th heading into her final

Hannah Starling Credit: Press Association

dive but drew scores of seven for her forwards two-and-a-half somersault with one twist to nudge through. City of Leeds duo will, however, have to improve to reach the final with the top 12 set to go through from tomorrow's round.

Robinson-Baker - "Roll on Rio"

Sheffield diver Nick Robinson-Baker and his partner Chris Mears equalled Britain’s best ever result when they finished fifth in the 3-metre synchronised diving event at the Aquatics Centre this afternoon.

He bettered his seventh place finish in Beijing.

Favourites China took gold.

We're going to have a break first. Chris is well up for Rio while I'm going to take a bit of time out first, because I'm getting old now. But roll on Rio.

– Nick Robinson-Baker
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