Grace Reid (S3) performed superbly in the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Stadium in what was the second last aquatics competition of this year’s Commonwealth Games, the women’s 3m springboard.
She came seventh in the qualifying round very early this morning (5.30am BST), with a score of 271.70. But it was the final that probably had a far larger following, given its 11.30am start time. The final consisted of five dives, and Grace (aged 14) was up against some of the best divers in the world. The tariffs for her dives were lower, meaning that she had to perform them as she had never performed them before.
Grace left Scotland with a personal best as her goal – and she got it! In ninth place following the first dive (tariff 2.4) when she scored straight eights, she was in seventh after her second round 2.7 tariff dive.
Her third dive, a 1.5 somersault with 2.5 twists (tariff 2.8), described by the BBC commentator as a great dive, took her into sixth place, the place she remained until the end of the competition.
Her final two dives (both tariff 2.8) consolidated what was an amazing performance, and a total score of 303.15 for the five dives was a personal best – her goal!
One of Grace’s classmates from her days in Watson’s Nursery summed up Grace’s achievements and the sentiments of the whole School when she said, “I’m just so proud of Grace”.
Gareth Edwards, Principal, watched the competition unfold via the BBC's internet coverage. He said, “I am delighted for Grace who already displays the discipline and drive to be the best, whilst remaining a charming young person with her feet firmly on the ground – except of course when in mid-dive!”