Glasgow 2014: Diving begins at Commonwealth Pool

Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Nur Dhabitah Sabri of Malaysia take part at the Royal Commonwealth Pool. Pic: Greg Macvean
Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Nur Dhabitah Sabri of Malaysia take part at the Royal Commonwealth Pool. Pic: Greg Macvean
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THE COMMONWEALTH Games have arrived in Edinburgh as diving events begin at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Competitors, including England’s Tom Daley, will be taking to the boards over the next four days.

Divers practice at the Commonwealth Pool ahead of the competition beginning. Pic: Kate Pickles

Divers practice at the Commonwealth Pool ahead of the competition beginning. Pic: Kate Pickles

Edinburgh diver James Heatly was one of the first to compete today.

George Watson pupil, James, qualified for tonight’s men’s 1m springboard diving finals after setting a personal best.

The 17-year-old placed tenth from a field of 14 to ensure he cemented one of the 12 qualifying spots.

He said: “I set a new PB so I’m really happy with it and over the moon. It’s been amazing so I was ecstatic with the home crowd.

Diving at the Commonwealth Pool.

Diving at the Commonwealth Pool.

“I’ve not come to these Games with any medal hopes so I’m just here to do my best performance. Hopefully, I’ll do my best this evening. I’ve got a score target in my mind, I’m not too bothered where I place – if I get a PB then that’s fine I’m happy with that.”

The women’s 10-metre synchronised dive followed but was delayed for 30 minutes when the electronic scoring board failed.

Judges were forced to revert to holding up sheets of paper to score the competitors.

Despite the excitement around the event, there were around 50 empty seats for the opening sessions today and no queues outside the venue.

Pic Greg Macvean - 30/07/2014 - Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 - Men's Diving 1m, Royal Commonwealth Pool - Matthew Mitcham of Australia

Pic Greg Macvean - 30/07/2014 - Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 - Men's Diving 1m, Royal Commonwealth Pool - Matthew Mitcham of Australia

Fiona Parish brought children Maria, eight and Daniel, six, from their home in Colinton.

She said: “I can’t believe there’s so many empty seats. We got our tickets at 9am and expected it to be busier.

“I think the atmosphere is still great though. The stewards are really friendly.”

Joel and Eloise Davenport did not have far to come for this morning’s event.

Pic Greg Macvean - 30/07/2014 - Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 - Men's Diving 1m, Royal Commonwealth Pool -

Pic Greg Macvean - 30/07/2014 - Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 - Men's Diving 1m, Royal Commonwealth Pool -

Their childminder, Sarah Bates, was surprised to get tickets at 7.30am this morning.

She said: “I went for the tickets first thing this morning and I was surprised to get them.

“Everyone was really friendly. I feel really lucky to be here.”

The Edinburgh Academy pupils, 11 and eight, said they were looking forward to cheering on the athletes.

Keen cricketer, Joel, said: “It’s really exciting to be here and I can’t wait to see the divers.

“It’s going to be really good fun.”

Pic Greg Macvean - 30/07/2014 - Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 - Men's Diving, Royal Commonwealth Pool -

Pic Greg Macvean - 30/07/2014 - Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 - Men's Diving, Royal Commonwealth Pool -

Pic Greg Macvean - 30/07/2014 - Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 - Men's Diving 1m, Royal Commonwealth Pool - James Heatly of Scotland

Pic Greg Macvean - 30/07/2014 - Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 - Men's Diving 1m, Royal Commonwealth Pool - James Heatly of Scotland