THE START! Michael Turner learning to dive encouraging others in a public session! with “Wannadoos” in the background. Michael, after much commitment, reached the finals of the Southern Counties Men’s Springboard Championship
Albatross History-1969-70. Diver Michael starts the build up
Albatross History-1969-70 There had been the building up a small squad of club level divers during 1967/8. County and Southern Counties were the first major steps towards higher level competitions. Lynne Crowther; Mike Turner; Mick Giles led the way at this level. Also competing in the Club Championships together with Sheila Cooper; Andrew Ward; Lindsay Tuttle and Aryash Maker ; all gaining proficiency awards.
Michael Turner top picture – had had no experience of diving. He wasn’t able get into the water head first. After many poolside exercises he graduated to the boards and achieved his goal of diving in all directions which is necessary for higher levels of competitions. Through his dedication and tireless efforts, unbelievably, after such a short time, he was entered into the Men’s Southern Counties 3 metre springboard Championship at Crystal Palace . His preliminary dives saw him through to the final where he achieved an incredible sixth place.