by Gary Ahuja
A pair of Zone 6 teammates took two of the three podium finishes in the men’s Group C 1m final in the diving competition at the B.C. Winter Games.
The athletes were competing on Saturday afternoon at the Walnut Grove Aquatic Centre in Langley.
William Robertson won the competition with a score of 217.00.
Second place went to Zone 5 Toby Verchere, who had 199.85, just beating out Zone 6’s Matthew Williams.
On his final dive, Robertson decided to go with an inward one-and-half dive, a fairly difficult one to pull off. He usually practices it once a week and doesn’t always attempt it in competitions.
“I thought this meet would be a good time to push myself,” he said.
Robertson took up the sport six years ago and began competing three years ago.
He was intrigued by it because there was a pool next to the hockey rink his brother practiced at in Saanich, and he saw diving one day.
Competing allows him to travel to other parts of the province, Robertson said.
Williams, who like Robertson is from Saanich, joined the sport because it combines a pair of his passions: being in the water and gymnastics.