Grace Reid and James Heatly dive to historic gold

Grace Reid and James Heatly celebrate. Picture:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Grace Reid and James Heatly celebrate. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
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Edinburgh divers Grace Reid and James Heatly created history when they won the first ever Great Britain mixed pairs synchronised title.

Reid, 18, and Heatly, 17, scored 267.72 to beat English mixed pair Clare Cryan and Ross Haslam in Plymouth yesterday.

Reid also won silver in the individual one-metre springboard.

They both train at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and represented Scotland in the Glasgow 2014 Games with Reid narrowly missing out on a medal in the one-metre springboard final. Heatly qualified for the final in the men’s equivalent event.

“It’s really different competing with a male to a female, but it’s exciting,” said Reid.

Mixed competitions were approved by the sport’s international governing body, FINA, in November and will be included at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

British Diving have yet to decide whether they will enter pairs into the event, but they are planning on competing in both the mixed 10m platform and 3m springboard events at the London World Series competition in May.

“There are obvious physical differences and I have to hold back a little bit,” said Heatly. “Plus [the men] usually do different dives, but it was a great experience.”