Ashley picks up the silver

PUBLISHED: 10:49 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

Making a successful splash

Making a successful splash

LETCHWORTH GC teenager Ashley Franklin continues to make a splash in the diving world. Fifteen-year-old Ashley and Matthew Roberts, 13, represented the esteemed Beaumont Diving Academy in Hatfield at the Great Britain national finals at the Manchester Aqu

LETCHWORTH GC teenager Ashley Franklin continues to make a splash in the diving world.

Fifteen-year-old Ashley and Matthew Roberts, 13, represented the esteemed Beaumont Diving Academy in Hatfield at the Great Britain national finals at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

The pair teamed up in the synchronised highboard diving event.

Using three new dives in their six-dive repertoire from the 7.5m platform, the double act finished in a creditable second in the junior section, which is for competitors aged 18 and under.

This was an improvement on their bronze medal achieved at the 2005 ASA senior summer nationals.

The talented Beaumont divers also finished in fourth place overall.

The pair are the current Herts ASA county synchro diving champions and between them they are also holders of all the 2005 Herts county individual springboard and highboard titles for both juniors and seniors.

The result at Manchester was all the more remarkable as the pair have only a limited amount of time together to practise their dives off the 7.5m platform.

Beaumont club founder Derek Beaumont, Olympic coach and world champion judge, also from Letchworth, is Ashley's current coach.

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