Commonwealth Games 2014: Too young to compete?

How old do you need to be to compete? Well the Commonwealth Games organising committee thought 13 was too young. That was until Team England appealed for potential future superstar diver Victoria Vincent to be included. She won her first senior national 10m platform title this June, and Victoria has burst on to the international scene with a flurry.

 

Interestingly, Victoria was a talented Actress, who came to diving from Gymnastics, loved it and after moving to Plymouth to be coached by Tom Daley’s old coach Andy Banks has made huge strides. She’s the youngster member of Team England and I know how that feels, having been 13 at my first Olympics.

To anyone, like the Commonwealth Games Committee, who might think she’s too young…I can assure you that’s not so

To anyone, like the Commonwealth Games Committee, who might think she’s too young…I can assure you that’s not so.  No one has the right to take away your opportunities if you have qualified, no matter how old you are, providing the right support structure is in place of course.   Victoria will gain valuable multi sport – village environment experience from being here in Glasgow which she will undoubtedly benefit from in Rio and Tokyo. Personally I can’t wait to watch..

Plymouth has become quite a hub for water sports with a number of Swimmers and Diver’s here in Glasgow. A combination of good coaching, great facilities and fantastic schooling support. The perfect recipe for success. Well done Plymouth. My home town, very proud of their investment in sport and young people.

Watch out for a number of young talented 17, 18 and 19 years olds in the pool this Summer representing the home countries. Some wonderful future stars just beginning their international sporting journey…the lucky things!

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