Nick GreenizanBlack Press
Prior to the BC Winter Games, diving coach Grant Brehaut said one of his divers, South Surrey’s Tavia Waiz, was a good bet for a medal – maybe two – this week at Langley’s Walnut Grove Community Centre. Through day one of the Games, Waiz is halfway there, after the Zone 3 (Fraser Valley) diver cruised to a gold medal on the one-metre board in the girls ‘B’ division competition Friday afternoon.Waiz finished the final round of dives with a total score of 285.30, beating silver medalist Kaelyn Burgess of Zone 5 (Vancouver-Squamish) and Lilly Yi (Vancouver-Squamish, pictured below), who placed third. In her six final-round dives, Waiz consistently earned the highest marks of the nine-diver field, and capped it with a reverse one-and-a-half, which she said was probably her toughest dive of the day. “I actually think I did better on that one in the prelims earlier,” she said after receiving her gold medal. “But it’s one I’ve been doing for awhile. I’m comfortable with it… you start backwards, but it doesn’t scare me anymore.”For Waiz – who will compete in the three-metre competition Saturday – the medal will be one to add to her ever-growing collection. At the 2012 BC Summer Games, she also won gold. “She did great,” said Brehaut, 30, a BC Games alum who was coaching and judging at these Winter Games.