Lobb eyes synchro event in Australia
SHANICE LOBB might have ended her Australian Youth Olympic Festival debut empty handed but the city diver insists she is far from finished yet.
The 14-year-old took to the Sydney International Aquatic Centre – the venue for diving at the 2000 Olympics – yesterday for the women's 10-metre platform event.
Lobb produced a final score of 438.35, which was good enough to leave her seventh while compatriot Georgia Ward went on to claim a bronze with 488.60.
However, Lobb can still claim a medal when she teams up with Ward in the 10m synchro event tomorrow and she believes an improved performance is in the pipeline.
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"It was not the best competition I have ever had but I learnt a lot and I hope to do better next time," said the Devonport High School for Girls pupil.
"There were so many brilliant divers that I was up against so I just went out there to do my best and see what happened and that is what I did.
"I competed against the Chinese at the Junior World Championships last year so I knew what they were like and that they are brilliant divers so to see them win gold and silver was no surprise.
"But I hope to learn about their technique and improve myself for when I team up with Georgia in the synchro and I think we can do well – we are confident."
And, whatever the result tomorrow, Lobb admits her appetite has well and truly been whet after experiencing an Olympic competition and venue.
"Competing in the same venue as the Sydney Olympics really does get you thinking about the future because so many great athletes have competed here," she added.
"It has already inspired me towards the Rio Olympics in 2016 and hopefully I can win a medal to boost that dream."
Lobb's coach Sally Freeman added: "It's all very good experience for Shanice who was brave and confident enough to try out her new dive tariff in a top-class competition.
"It meant Shanice was judged more strictly as her degree of difficulty had increased.
"The Chinese girls won the competition, but then there was never any danger that they wouldn't. But Shanice did not let anyone down as nailing these dives now with all the pressure of a major final, will reap big rewards in the future.
"She will be showing them off against the best in Britain at the national championships at our home venue – the Life Centre – on February 8-10."
Lobb, who will be joined at the Life Centre by Olympians Tom Daley, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow, is not the only Plymouth diver competing at the Sydney event this weekend.
New signing Frankie del Celo, who joined Plymouth from Crystal Palace, will also be in action in the pool in the three-metre competition in Australia today.
Lobb and del Celo are part of a 120-strong group of Great Britain athletes competing in Australia.
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