Great Britain's top divers will be vying for their place in the
biggest sporting event in the world when they compete in the
British Gas Diving Championships in Sheffield next month.
Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will take place at
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre from the 8th to the 10th of
The Championships are the last chance for the country's divers
to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.
Diving stars confirmed to take part in the event include Tom
Daley, Pete Waterfield, Sarah Barrow, Tonia Couch, Chris Mears and
Jack Laugher, as well as Sheffield-based divers, Nick
Robinson-Baker, Megan Sylvester and Monique Gladding.
Steve Brailey, chief executive of Sheffield International Venues
(SIV), which manages Ponds Forge, said: "We are hugely excited to
be hosting what is set to be a spectacular sporting event and one
of the most competitive Olympic qualifiers.
"We would encourage members of the public to come along to
witness the likes of Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield in action, as
well as our own Sheffield divers.
"The city is continuing to play a key role in the run up to
London 2012 and the diving championships will once again place
Sheffield and Ponds Forge on an international sporting stage."
Councillor Isobel Bowler, Sheffield City Council's Cabinet
member for Culture, Sport and Leisure said: "It's good to see
another elite event come to Pond's Forge. Major events like this
are bringing £8m into the city and this is another example of
putting Sheffield on the sporting map both nationally and
"It is a major contributor to Sheffield's economy. It also
acts as a massive inspiration for people in Sheffield to get active
themselves to see such fantastic, elite sports people come to our
Tickets for the British Gas Diving Championships are priced at
£4 for adults for the preliminary round and £3 for concessions.
Tickets are also available for the finals at £5 for adults and £4