Edinburgh diver James Heatly sets scorer for Commonwealth Games


James Heatly reached the men’s 3m springboard final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The duo surpassed the qualifying score required to be selected by Team Scotland to win the 3m synchro final at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, edging out Jamaican duo Yohan Eskrick-Parkinson and Yona Knight-Wisdom.

“It’s been a long race,” said Heatly, who won bronze in the 1m springboard at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and also competed in Glasgow 2014.

“The Commonwealth Games are such a special competition for me. I have to do the 10m synchro with Lucas [Thomson] on the Gold Coast, but this is the first time, I think, that Scotland will potentially have a men’s 3m synchro team. It’s a new experience and I can’t wait.

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Ross Beattie and James Heatly were crowned 3m synchro champions at the Scottish Diving Championships in Edinburgh

The 24-year-old, who also won the Scottish 3m springboard final this weekend, added: “We worked a lot in this partnership and we knew the score was extremely achievable.

“But you know what diving is like, you have to get on the board and actually do it.

“I think what’s really special is that we train together everyday, we’re best friends in and out of the pool, so sharing that with Ross, honestly it means more than other events to which I qualified for. “

Beattie suspended her college education to focus on the Commonwealth Games, but narrowly missed the standard of consideration in the individual events at the Edinburgh competition.

He said: “Now a weight has been lifted from our shoulders and we know we have one in the bag, we can now move forward into the other events at the start of 2022, and not have to worry too much about the scores. .

“It would mean everything to be in the Scotland squad. Just to be recognized for everything I have trained in the last nine or ten years.

His Edinburgh teammate Thomson won bronze at the Scottish Open with Danny Mabbott.

On the women’s side, Emily Bearpark of Edinburgh took gold alongside Clara Kerr of Aberdeen.

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