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The year of 2017 marked an end of an era at Plymouth Diving with a number of high-profile departures. Andy Banks, the coach who led Tom Daley to a world title and Olympic bronze medal, left the UK and took up a role with Diving Australia. Banks, who had coached in Britain for more than …

31st December 2017 in: Diving

The last 12 months has seen a number of successes and changes in the West Country across all levels of competition. Despite losing head coach Jon Rudd, who took up a director of swimming role in Ireland, Plymouth Leander appointed Robin Armayan, who now runs the world class swimming programme at Plymouth College, dubbed the …

31st December 2017 in: Swimming

Plymouth Argyle ended 2017 with a remarkable 2-1 win at Cardiff City to reach the third round of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup. Top scorer Natasha Knapman took her season’s tally to 37 when scoring the second goal after Becky Atkins had given the Pilgrims the lead. Argyle have now beaten Premier League Southern …

24th December 2017 in: Plymouth Argyle, Womans Football

Plymouth Leander’s Ben Proud came within an agonising two hundredths of a second of becoming a European Short Course champion. In the event he was forced to settle for an admirable joint third placing in the 50-metre butterfly in 22.44 seconds alongside Serbia’s Sebastian Sabo. Proud had set a new British record time of 22.18 …

24th December 2017 in: Swimming

Former Plymouth Leander Olympic and world breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte returned to winning ways with victory in the European 50-metre breaststroke (29.36 seconds) to see off Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen (29.54) and Sophie Hanson of Sweden (29.77) at the LEN Short Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen. Great Britain’s world and Olympic breaststroke champion Adam Peaty started …

20th December 2017 in: Swimming

Student-swimmer Miles Munro is one of the latest University of Bath-based sportspeople who will be heading to Australia in the new year to compete in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Munro had just turned 18 when he represented his native Guernsey at the Glasgow 2014 Games, reaching the semi-finals in both the 50m freestyle …

17th December 2017 in: Swimming

Bristol City’s 3-0 win over Brighton and Chelsea’s 4-1 midweek victory against Tottenham Hotspur earned the Vixens a quarter-final place in the Continental Tyres Cup. Unfortunately Yeovil Town’s 8-0 drubbing at Chelsea saw them finish bottom of Group Two (South). Bristol now face the tough task of taking on SuperLeague champions Manchester City in the …

10th December 2017 in: Bristol City, Womans Football

There was an excellent turnout for Carn Brea & Helston’s seventh Invitational Meet which saw numerous winners spread across the age groups. Top swimmer was Truro City nine-year-old Rory Sim, who picked up six wins in the boys’ events. Louis Trenerry, of Penzance, came out on top in four 14-year events as did Leyton Salmon, …

10th December 2017 in: Swimming

It took until extra-time for Plymouth Argyle to clinch a SSE FA Cup victory at Gillingham, 3-1, thanks to goals from Zoe Cunningham, Natasha Knapman and Ezme Wells. Argyle travelled to Kent last Saturday for the 510-mile round trip to ensure the players were fresh ahead of Sunday’s clash. Unfortunately the Pilgrims face a huge …

10th December 2017 in: Plymouth Argyle, Womans Football

Tickets are now on sale for the British Diving Championships which will take place next month at Plymouth’s Life Centre. Britain’s largest domestic diving competition will be held over the weekend of January 26-28 in Devon with the country’s best divers hoping to put their name in the hat for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic squad. …

3rd December 2017 in: Diving