Diver building solid platform for success

Liam Richards, right, with his brother Finley
Liam Richards, right, with his brother Finley
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Liam Richards has added more medals to his impressive collection.

The Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School pupil is part of a new Ace Network set up to bring some of the talented junior divers in the area together.

It’s a big step forward for the rising stars of the sport, who will now get the benefit of training together.

That will help make big competitions less daunting when they are lining up alongside divers from other clubs.

Richards has been continuing to work hard in training at his club The Quays and has been rewarded with more prizes.

The nine-year-old added a fifth silver medal to his collection with a big performance in his club competition.

He also adapted his talents to swimming with big success in the Hampshire Games.

Liam’s mum Catherine revealed her son is pleased with his progress.

She said: ‘Liam got another silver medal in the club competition.

‘He’s got five silvers now. He was really excited to get another medal and he just wants that gold now.

‘It was very close. He knows what he needs to do to make the difference.

‘His school, Corpus Christi, did really well at the Hampshire Games.

‘Liam was selected to swim for the Portsmouth team and he got a gold medal.

‘He had the chance to swim for Portsmouth Northsea but diving is the sport he is focused on – it really suits him.’

The ace network train together once a month.

They have a programme put together by Olympic diving coach Lindsey Fraser, who helped to guide Olympic silver medalist Pete Waterfield to glory.

Catherine said: ‘It means when they go to competitions they know some of the other divers who from other clubs.

‘Liam trains on Thursdays and Sundays and the Ace Network meet up once a month.

‘They work in the gym and it’s going well.

‘Liam loves his diving. He’ll be keeping his training going during the summer.’