Saanich Boardworks diver sweeps national gold

Emily Schmidt wins national gold for 12- and 13-year-olds in 1m, 3m and 10m platform

Twelve-year-old Emily Schmidt led Saanich Boardworks diving team with three golds at the Speedo Junior National Diving Championships in Pointe-Claire, Que., July 6 to 10.

Schmidt’s three golds made her the easy pick as outstanding diver for her age group (12-13), winning the 10-metre platform, and the 3m and 1m springboards.

The event was also Rachel Kemp’s last as a junior. She earned a bronze with 423.35 points, a step back from her recent second-overall finish at the senior nationals.

Bryden Hattie and Aidan Faminoff each took silver – Hattie in the men’s 11-and-under platform with 226.95 points and Faminoff on the men’s 12-13 platform with 351.5 points.

Hattie’s 15-year-old sister Courtney Hattie (358.45) placed seventh in the girls 16- 18-year-old 10m platform.