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July 20, 2015 -
Two more Boardworks divers finished the 2015 season with national championship titles after Aidan Faminoff and Ryan Grover won gold at the Speedo Junior Elite National Diving Championships this past weekend in Edmonton.  This is the fourth national championship title won by Boardworks divers this season after Carson Paul won gold in the Boys 11 & under 3 metre event at the Speedo Junior Development Nationals in Quebec City earlier this month and Celina Toth won her first national championship title in her home pool at the Summer Senior National Championships at the beginning of June in Victoria.

Faminoff, 17, a former Junior National champion, easily won the Boys 16-18 platform event after nailing his final dive, an inward 3 1/2 somersaults, scoring 7.5's and 8's from the judges.  Faminoff finished with a score of 519.50 earning him a berth on Canada's National team competing at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Matanzas, Cuba in October.

Boardworks Ryan Grover, also earned a spot to Cuba after winning the Boys 16-18 1-metre event.  Grover, 17, who won a surprise silver medal at the Summer Senior National Championships in May, convincingly won gold in Edmonton finishing 34 points ahead of silver medallist Peter Thach Mai of Montreal.

Faminoff and Grover will also compete in the Boys synchronized 3 metre event at the Pan Am Junior Championships and will be joined there by 10-year old Carson Paul who will be competing in the Boys 11 & under 1-metre, 3-metre and platform events.

Other Boardworks results include Bryden Hattie, who placed 5th on the Boys 14-15 1-metre, 10th on 3-metre and 4th on platform.  Tanesha Lucoe had a career best finish placing 10th in the Girls 14-15 1-metre event and first time national competitor Coral Strugnell placed 11th in the Girls 16-18 1-metre event.   


July 10, 2015 - Celina Toth won a surprise bronze medal yesterday at the 2015 Fisu Games in Gwangju, South Korea.  Toth and partner Cam McLean of Winnipeg placed 3rd on the mixed team event.  This was Toth's second medal of the games after winning Canada's first gold medal of the games in the Women's 10-metre synchro event. A University of Victoria student, Toth and partner Carol-Ann Ware of Montreal, were ranked 3rd after the first dive, but rattled off three fantastic dives to move comfortably into first place where they remained, finishing 15 points ahead of the silver medallists from South Korea.

"I was very nervous at the beginning, " admitted Toth.  "But our coaches kept telling us we had a chance.  We took it one dive at a time and out confidence grew.  We worked very hard all week - it's very exciting.  We're happy to win it for our country."

These medals cap off a career best season for Toth who came back strong after disappointing 2014 season.  She recommitted herself to her training last September which paid off with a convincing win in the Women's 10 metre event at the Summer National Championships in her home pool in Victoria in early May, followed by a bronze medal finish at a Fina Grand Prix event in Madrid, Spain in late June.

July 6, 2015 - Ten-year old Carson Paul won his first national title last weekend at the 2015 Speedo Junior Development Nationals in Quebec City on the Boys 11 & under 3 metre event. Paul, who is a triple Provincial gold medallist nailed his final dive in Quebec City to claim the national title and earning him a spot on Canada's National team competing at the Pan Am Junior Diving Championships in Matanzas, Cuba in October.

Paul followed up his win on three-metre with two more medals, both silver in the Boys 11 & under platform and 3-metre events.  He will compete all three events at the competition in Cuba.

Boardworks diver and first-time national competitor Cole Ashley placed third in the Boys 11 & under platform event. Ashley, who relocated to Victoria last summer from Quebec City, was ecstatic winning his bronze medal in front of friends and family in his former home-city and pool.

2014 triple medallist Ben Smyth placed 5th in the Boys 12-13 3-metre event and 7th in the platform event.


August 2014


VICTORIA - August 7, 2014 - Marking the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Commonwealth Games, the city of Victoria is once again opening the doors of Saanich Commonwealth Place to the top junior divers in Canada. Serving as the conclusion to the domestic season for Group A  (16-18 years old) and Group B (14–15 years old) divers, the 2014 Speedo Junior Elite Nationals take place from August 8th to the 10th.

Over the three days of competition, 89 of the top junior divers in Canada aged 14 through 18 will be competing for 14 national titles. Events include the 1-metre and 3-metre springboards, platform, as well as the exciting 3-metre synchro. Athletes will be representing 23 clubs from 7 provinces, including: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.  

These national championships serve as the qualifier for selecting the team that will represent Canada at the 2014 FINA Junior World Championships in Penza, Russia this coming September. In addition to team selection and national titles, athletes’ results will count towards their inclusion within Canada’s junior national program and gain them invitations to special training camps throughout the 2014-15 season.

Diving Plongeon Canada technical officials will be on-hand watching each competition intently. “All twelve individual events and the two synchronized events will be hotly contested. With the depth of talent on-site, it is difficult to predict who will come out on top”, says Scott Cranham, talent management director at Diving Plongeon Canada. “I expect there will be many great performances this weekend as the athletes strive to secure their spots for the world junior team”, adds Cranham.

A club with rich hosting history that includes multiple FINA Grand Prix events, the 2008 Olympic trials, and numerous national championships, Boardworks once again has taken on the role of host. “Boardworks is very excited to bring the Speedo Junior Elite Nationals back to Victoria.  We have hosted three Junior National Championships in the past and it is one of our favourite competitions to hold at Saanich Commonwealth Place” said Lisa Boog, Meet Manager for the 2014 Speedo Junior Elite National Championships. “We are looking forward to seeing some excellent performances from not only our local divers, but from the best junior divers in Canada” adds Boog.

Athletes to watch...

The current junior national team will be well represented in Victoria this weekend with 13 athletes competing, including; Emily Schmidt (16, Red Deer, AB / Boardworks), Samantha Maiorino (16, St Constant, QC / Pointe-Claire Diving Club), Madison Sthamann (18, White City, SK / Regina Diving Club), Caeli McKay (15, Calgary, AB / Dive Calgary), Dominique Cadieux (15, Edmonton, AB / ESPDC), Molly Carlson (15, Thunder Bay, ON / Thunder Bay Diving Club), Marie-Pierre Lachance (15, Mont-Royal, QC / CAMO), Faith Zacharias (14, Aylmer, ON / Forest City Diving Club), Wessel Brussen (15, Montreal, QC / CAMO), Felix Leathead (16, Laval, QC / CAMO), Henry McKay (14, Nepean, ON / Nepean-Ottawa Diving Club), Alexandre Corriveau (14, Terrebonne, QC / CAMO), Vincent Chartier (14, Terrebonne, QC / CAMO).

Other divers to watch representing Boardworks are; Aidan Faminoff (16, Victoria, BC / Boardworks), Ryan Grover (16, Toronto, ON / Boardworks), Isaiah Brasset (15, Victoria, BC / Boardworks).


August 2014

Victoria’s McCormick feeling ‘burned out’ but expects a return to form

May 3 - In a whirlwind spring, Victoria diver Riley McCormick can be excused an off weekend. The two-time Olympian failed to advance to today’s three-metre final of the Canada Cup Grand Prix in Gatineau, Que.

But this came after the Claremont Secondary graduate and Arizona State senior won the silver medal earlier this spring at the 2014 NCAA championships behind Texas Longhorns freshman sensation Michael Hixon, who is already being touted as the gold-medal favourite for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

McCormick won the Canadian championships this year, too, scoring enough qualifying points for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Pac 12-champion has also been busy in the classroom, graduating last week from Arizona State with a degree in business and justice studies. He plans on applying immediately to UBC law school. McCormick obviously has a lot on his plate.

“I’m not making excuses, but I’m feeling burned out,” said McCormick.

“But this is my life. I have to embrace the opportunities [while he can]. There will be plenty of time one day to settle down.”

China swept the gold medals Saturday at the Canada Cup Grand Prix with Wei Ying winning the women’s three-metre, Hyo Liang the men’s 10-metre, and Ren Qian and Ji Siyu the women’s 10-metre synchro. The Canada Cup concludes today.

McCormick, 22, said he anticipates a return to form next weekend at the Puerto Rico Grand Prix.

That’s after returning to Arizona State for one day midweek to walk across the stage to receive his diploma in his official graduation ceremony.

“My NCAA experience was unreal,” said the Islander.

“It helped me grow up.”

It’s all part of a hectic young life.

The big events McCormick is targeting this summer are the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and World Cup in Shanghai.

© Copyright Times Colonist


April 2014

April 22 - Boardworks diver Ryan Grover is set to make his junior international diving debut in Dresden, Germany April 24.  Grover, 16, will compete in the Boys 16-18 3-metre event at the annual  International Youth Diving Meet, which features junior divers from accross Europe and from as far afield as Australia and South Africa.  For event details & results, please click here.

March 2014

March 23 - Boardworks divers finished with a string of good results at the Ontario Provincials & Dresden Youth Meet Trials last weekend in our nation's capital.  This competition is the biggest Junior competition in the country this year and attracted the best junior divers from accross Canada.

Leading the way was 12-year old Bryden Hattie who won one silver and two bronze medals in the Boys 12-13 events.  Hattie was 2nd in the Boys 12-13 platform event and third in both 1-metre and 3-metre events.  Ten-year old Ben Smyth won gold in the Boys 11 & under platform event with an outstanding performance.

Ryan Grover, a newcomer to Boardworks this season, surprised the field in the Boys 16-18 3-metre event, winning a silver medal and earning a spot on the Canadian team that will be competing at the annual International Youth Diving Meet in Dresden, Germany in April.  Aidan Faminoff was 5th.

Isaiah Brasset, 14, was outstanding winning a bronze medal in the Boys 14-15 platform event.


March 10 - Two-time Olympian and Boardworks veteran Riley MCCormick won the Men's 3- metre springboard title at the 2014 Winter National Diving Championships in Saskatoon last weekend.

"It was pretty special to get that first title on springboard," said McCormick a two time Olympian on 10-m tower. "I’ve been diving really well this year especially in college so I had some momentum coming into this meet. It’s nice to see I’m progressing on three-metre after the transition from tower." 

A platform specialist who placed 11th on the Men's 10 metre event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, McCormick, 22, has been focusing on springboard this season, mostly to give his body a break from platform training.

"It was just really, really hard on my body," said MccOrmick about diving from the 10-meter tower.  I had a lot of injuries.  I had surgery on my right hard after the Olympics, so it was time to step away for a bit.  I haven't been on the 10-metre since the Olympic final, about 2 years ago."

McCormick has now claimed national titles in all three individual events: 1-metre, 10, metre and now 3-metre.

Also in the Men's 3 metre event, Shane Miszkiel, also of Victoria was 8th and Ryan Grover was 14th.

In the Women's 3-metre event, Boardworks Emma Friesen placed 4th and Celian Toth placed 5th in the Women's 10-metre event.


December 2013


December 10, 2013 - Boardworks' Emma Friesen started the 2014 diving season off with a strong performance at the 2013 Camo International Invitational last Sunday in Montreal.  Friesen won the silver medal in the Women's 3 metre springboard event, behind World bronze medallist Pamela Ware from Montreal with a score of 285.60. 

"Emma had a tough preliminaries, but really put everything together in the finals and had a really great event", said Boardworks Head Coach Tommy McLeod. "I'm really pleased with the way she focused and dove the way she has been in practice."

Boardworks Celina Toth placed 3rd in the Women's 10 metre event Saturday.  Toth, who also had a tough preliminaries after balking on her armstand dive, rallied in the finals scoring 299.40 behind Montreal's Carol-Ann Ware and Eloise Belanger.

The competition was a selection meet to determine the Canadian team for the Spain & Germany Grand Prix events.

April 2013
nish and German Grand Prix events in February.

April 26, 2013   DRESDEN, Germany – Courtney Hattie and Emily Schmidt of Victoria won the bronze medal in the open women’s three-metre synchro event on Friday at the International Youth Diving Meet.

It was Canada’s second bronze at the age group competition which features many of the top junior divers in the world.

Christina Wassen and Elena Wassen of Germany took the three-metre synchro gold with 281.07 points, their compatriots Friederike Freyer and Tina Punzel were second at 264.27 and Hattie and Schmidt, competing together for the first time, scored 254.52.

“We had a lot of fun and we won the medal as a team,” said Hattie, two years older than her partner. “All our dives were quite consistent.”

The pair faced some challenges trying to prepare for this competition. Read more...

“We’ve only been practicing for two weeks and it’s been a lot of work to make sure we have the same movements from the arm swings on take-offs to the synchronization and landings,” said Schmidt. “We hope this is the start of something new.”

Earlier in the day Schmidt placed 8th in the Girls 14-15 platform event, following a seventh place finish the day before on the 1 metre.  Hattie also placed 7th in the Girls 16-18 platform event on Thursday.


February 2013

Boardworks Divers To Represent Canada at Spain Grand Prix
February 4, 2013 - Boardworks will be well represented at the first stop of the 2013 Fina Grand Prix circuit next week with three Boardworks divers competing for Canada in Madrid, Spain.  Emma Friesen, Shane Miszkiel and Celina Toth all qualified last month at a selection event in Winnipeg. 

Miszkiel, who is a multiple Junior National Champions who is currently in his second year at Ohio State University, will compete in the Men's 3 metre springboard event.  This will be Miszkiel's first individual Grand Prix event of his career.

Friesen, the defending National 1 metre champion will compete in the Women's 3 metre event while Toth, a senior National team member, will compete in the Women's 10 metre event.

The Fina Grand Prix in Madrid, Spain will take place February 15 -17, 2013.  For more information please visit

August 2012

August 11, 2012 -
Boardworks diver and two-time Olympian Riley McCormick finished 11th in what was arguably one of the most exciting Olympic diving finals in history.  McCormick, who squeaked into the finals in 12th position put in an outstanding performance in an event where there were very few misses.

"Riley's performance in London was one of the best for a Canadian man on platform in the past 8 years." said his coach Tommy McLeod.  "I knew for months leading up to this event that Riley was capable of diving like this and am happy he was able to put it all together in the final.  I'm so proud of him and the work he has done."

American David Boudia won the event with an outstanding list of dives in the final after almost not even moving past the preliminary round a few days earlier, just squeaking into the 18th and final spot.  China's Qui Bo placed 2nd and Britain's teenage diving superstar Thomas Daley secured the bronze medal with a solid performance. 

August 11, 2012 -
Victoria's Riley McCormick locked up the final spot in the final after scoring 97.20 on his final dive of the semis. To the point, McCormick's best dive had been an 86.40.

"I was looking at the scoreboard and I knew I was in 13th at the time," McCormick said. "It was going to take a really amazing dive for me to even be close because the guys in front of me are not known to miss. I just really stepped up and I'm really proud of myself and really really excited for the final."

Qiu Bo and Lin Yue led the 10-meter platform semifinals Saturday, while defending champion Matthew Mitcham of Australia failed to qualify in 13th. Only the top 12 finishers advanced to the final later Saturday. 

Watch the Men's 10 metre Final Live on TSN at 12:30pm PST or online at www.london2012/diving/


July 2012

July 26, 2012 - Emily Schmidt was the class of the field last week winning 2 golds and a bronze medal at the Speedo Junior National Diving Championships in Saskatoon.  At fourteen years old, Schmidt is one of the youngest in her age group but she managed to edge out her competitors on the one metre and 3 metre springboard events winning both national titles.  One the first day of competition, after qualifying first in the preliminaries, Schmidt missed her final dive in the 14-15 girls platform event dropped her to 3rd.

"I was very disappointed with outcome of the platform event because I had qualified first after the preliminaries.  But I knew I had two more events to go and was in a good position to perform well." says Schmidt.

Schmidt's results also qualify her to compete at the Fina World Junior Diving Championships this October in Adelaide, Australia.

Nine year old Ben Smyth won his first National medal, winning bronze in the Boys D Platform event.   Team mates Graham Goodfellow and Bryden Hattie, were 6th and 11th respectively.

In the Boys 14-15 Platform event, Aidan Faminoff missed out on a medal by



June 2012

June 15, 2012 - Riley McCormick scored four perfect 10’s on his reverse 3 1/2 somersault  in the fifth round of the Canadian Olympic Diving Trials, May 23 & 24 in Montreal to win the competition and earn a place on the 2012 Canadian Olympic team heading to London this summer.  This will be McCormick's second trip to the Olympics after placing 16th in the Men's 10 metre event in Beijing four years ago.

‘’I’m exhausted,’’ said McCormick‘’It was a very stressful week but I knew I had the potential to put it all together. This was one of my best career performances. The reverse 3 1/2 is one that’s very consistent for me. I was really relaxed and with that really sealed my nomination.’’

McCormick, 20, along with Boardworks Head Coach Tommy McLeod will head to London with hopes of improving on McCormick's 16th place finish four years ago. Read more...

"Riley has proven that he is capable of a top 12 finish at a World Championships, so we are hoping to equal or surpass his 9th place finish at World Championships two years ago in Shanghai", said McLeod. "Riley's ability to get more and more intense at practice as we approach a major competition will allow him to reach that goal."

The Men's Olympic 10 metre preliminary event takes place on Friday, August 10. 


May 2012

May 3, 2012 - Victoria's Riley McCormick had a strong performance today reaching the finals of the 2012 Tin Bo Travel Canada Cup in Montreal.  Competing against a strong field of international divers in the Men's 10 metre event, McCormick qualified 4th in the morning preliminaries and finished 3rd in his semi-finals, giving him a berth in the Men's 10 metre final Saturday.

"it was very important for me to step up today and have a good performance after a disappointing World Cup (in February)," said McCormick. "I was feeling a lot of pressure and I want to gain some momentum heading into the trials."

The finals of the Men's 10 metre event start at 12:09pm PST, Saturday, May 5.  To watch live online visit  CBC coverage of the 2012 Tin Bo Canada Cup will broadcast Saturday, May 12.  Check your local listings for broadcast times.

May 1, 2012 - Canada finished 1-2 at the 2012 International Youth Meet in Dresden Germany this past weekend as Victoria's Courtney Hattie won silver behind Canadian teammate Eloise Belanger in the Girls 16-18 Platform event.  Hattie, who qualified second after the morning preliminary round, was outstanding delivering a very consistent performance against a tough field of competitors from Germany, Great Britain, Romania and the United States.

In the Girls 14-15 age group, Victoria's Emily Schmidt was a finallist in all three of the Girls 14-15 events (1 metre, 3 metre & platform).  Schmidt (14) had strong preliminary rounds, placing 4th in the Girls 14-15 platform and 2nd in the Girls 14-15 3 metre events, but was unable to hang on to a podium finish, placing 9th and 10th respectively.

For complete event results, please click here.

March 2012

March 29, 2012 - With only 120 days to go until the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, Canada will select it's Olympic Diving Team at the 2012 Diving Trials in Montreal May 24 - 27. 
Boardworks will be sending 8 divers to the trials including 2008 Olympian Riley McCormick who hopes to make his second trip to the Olympic Games.  McCormick, 20, qualified Canada's only Olympic spot in the Men's 10 metre event last summer at the World Championships in Shanghai with an 8th place finish. 
That doesn't qualify him a spot on the Olympic team though. He has to win at the Diving Trials in Montreal to be guaranteed a spot in London. A second spot might become available to Canada based on results from the World Cup last month, but this won't be confirmed until after the Olympic Trials in May.  
February 2012

February 15, 2012 - 2008 Olympian Riley McCormick is setting his sights on the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer as he gets ready to compete at the Fina Diving World Cup next week.  The World Cup is the first major test event at the new Olympic Aquatic facility and it will be an opportunity for the Canadian diving team to check out the facility prior to the Games in August as well as secure final qualifying berths for the Olympic Games next summer.

The World Cup is the last opportunity for the Canadian diving team to secure 2012 Olympic spots” says Scott Cranham, high performance director at Diving Canada. “The pressure will be high on our divers and coaches, but the team is filled with veterans who have a great deal of international experience on the world stage."

Canadian divers qualified six (6) Olympic quota spots at the 2011 World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, last July, and have their sights sets on the remaining six (6) at this World Cup.

Entries that Canada has yet to qualify include;

· 1 Team entry – Women’s 10m Synchro
· 1 Team entry – Men’s 3m Synchro
· 1 Team entry – Men’s 10m Synchro
· 1 Individual entry – Men’s 10m
· 2 Individual entries – Men’s 3m

Last weekend at the German Diving Grand Prix, the Canadian team collected three medals and welcomed Alexandre Despatie back to international competition after a12 month lay-off due to injury. “Our results in Rostock were positive. We finished on the podium in three Olympic events, and also gained some important competition experience for Alex and Reuben on Men’s 3m synchro,” said Cranham. “Although positives were taken from Rostock, we know overall we can do better and it is time to fine-tune our programs. This week at our Berlin-based training camp, the team is undergoing some final adjustments so we can make the most of our opportunities at the World Cup and for London 2012,” added Cranham.

McCormick, who qualified an Olympic berth for Canada in the Men's 10 metre event last summer at the World Championships in Shanghai, hopes to equal or better his 8th place result at that competition next week in London.

For more information about the Fina World Cup, please visit or

February 14, 2012 - Twelve year old Boardworks diver Isaiah Brasset was named Top Male Diver at the 2012 Marc LePoole's Speedo Sting in Victoria last weekend.  Brasset, a Junior National bronze medallist in 2010, swept all three events in the Boys 12-13 year old competition, surpassing his competitors from Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver.  This was Brasset's first competition of the 2011-12 season and his results at the Sting are promising for the coming year.   Brasset's teammate and Canadian Junior National Team member Emily Schmidt also won three gold medals at the Sting.  The Sting was a good warm up for Schmidt who is traveling to Montreal next month hoping to earn a place on the Canadian Team heading Dresden, Germany in April for the Dresden Youth International diving competition.

For complete Speedo Sting results, click here.


January 2012


January 12, 2012 - Boardworks Emily Schmidt was named one of three finalists in the BC Junior Athlete of the Year category for the Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards. 

Thirteen year old Schmidt swept the Girls Group C events at the 2011 Speedo Junior National Championships, winning gold in the 1 metre, 3 metre and platform events.  She was named to Canada's Junior National team and represented Canada at the Pan Am Junior Diving Championships in Medellin, Colombia last September where she placed 5th in the platform event.

The awards ceremony and gala dinner will take place March 8th at the River Rock Casino in Richmond.  For more information about the Sport BC Athlete of Year Awards, presented by Telus, please click


July 2011

Riley McCormick 9th At World Championships
July 24th, 2011, SHANGHAI – Riley McCormick of Victoria matched his result from two years ago in Rome placing ninth on men's 10-metre tower on Sunday to conclude the diving competition at the FINA World Aquatic Championships.

Canadian divers collected two medals over the eight days. Jennifer Abel of Laval and Emilie Heymans of St-Lambert took silver on three-metre synchro and Abel added a bronze in individual three-metre. In addition Canadian divers locked up eight Olympic spots for next year's Games.

On Sunday, Bo Qiu made it a golden sweep for China in the diving competition collecting 585.45 points. David Boudia of the U.S., was second at 544.25 and Sasha Klein of Germany third at 534.50.

McCormick, who earned one of those Olympic spots by making the final, totalled 444.50 with a consistent performance. Only his third dive had slightly lower marks than the others which all included at least one 8.0.

In the final, McCormick was bothered by an arm injury suffered on Saturday.

''I feel pretty good overall about the performance especially with the Olympic spot,'' said McCormick, 19, already competing at his fourth worlds. ''It's always nice to get that out of the way early. Obviously I would have liked to have finish a bit higher than in Rome.''

McCormick has been bothered by injuries all season and his looking forward to a more stable setting leading up to the Olympics.

''I really didn't expect to come back from the injuries and school commitments and place this well here,'' said McCormick. ''I'll be based back in Victoria over the next year and that is really going to help me a lot.''

McCormick Readies for World Championships
July 19, 2011, Shanghai - For Victoria's Riley McCormick, the 2011 World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai is the first step towards his goal of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  A The Worlds is the first of three opportunities this season McCormick, a 2008 Olympian, has to qualify an Olympic spot for Canada on the Men's 10 metre, his specialty.

McCormick is taking a break this season from his studies at Arizona State University to return to Victoria and train full time with Boardworks Head Coach Tommy McLeod in preparation for 2012.  After battling a variety of injuries this past season which forced him out of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi last October, McCormick is eager to get back into top form. 

The Men's 10 metre preliminaries takes place on Saturday, July 23rd.  Visit for more information

A Golden Sweep for Schmidt

July 12, 2011, MONTREAL — Victoria's Emily Schmidt claimed her third gold medal at the 2011 Speedo Junior National Diving Championships this past weekend in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.  The 13- year old from Boardworks finished 20 points ahead of the second place finisher Lindsay Leonard on Montreal in the Girls C Platform event Saturday earning her third national title.

''I've never won all three before,'' she said. ''The tower is an event I'm getting better at every time out.''

Schmidt previously won the Girls C 1 metre and 3 metre events and will represent Canada in September at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia.

Boardworks also claimed two more medals at the competition Sunday with Aidan Faminoff winning a silver medal in the Boys C Platform and National Team member Rachel Kemp winning bronze in the Girls A Platform event.  Earlier in the weekend 10 year old Bryden Hattie won his first National medal claiming silver in the Boys 11 & under platform event

For complete event results please click


May 2011

McCormick Happy to Surface in Ninth Spot in Germany

May 30, 2011, ROSTOCK, Germany — Given his emphasis on his schooling this winter in the Pac 10 at Arizona State, Olympian Riley McCormick of Victoria was delighted with his ninth-place finish Sunday on the men’s 10-metre tower to conclude the fifth stop on the FINA Grand Prix circuit in diving.

Chen Aisen of China won the gold medal, with Sasha Klein of Germany second and Gleb Galperin of Russia third.

McCormick started the day placing seventh in the preliminaries, then placed fourth in the semifinals. The top three from each of the two semifinals advance to the championship round.

“I’ve been training hard the last four weeks and I felt really good,’’ said McCormick, a 2008 Beijing Summer Olympian.

“I feel like I’m getting my rhythm back. The field here was very strong and it was a big challenge to crack the top three in either semi today.’’

McCormick wanted to gain some steam at this event after qualifying this month for the 10-metre event for the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai July 16-31.

“I just have to continue what I’m doing to keep getting better,’’ he said.

McCormick and Canada’s other top divers will be back in action later this week at the Summer Senior National Championships June 2-5 in Edmonton.

Copyright Times Colonist 2011


December 2010

Boardworks Divers Kick off Season with Medals

December 13, 2010 - The 2010/11 diving season got off to a promising start for Boardworks divers this past weekend at the 2010 Camo International Invitational in Montreal.  Emily Schmidt lead the way with a gold and a silver medal in the Girls 13 & under 1 metre and platform events respectively, successfully defeating divers from accross Canada, the United States, Germany, Japan and Great Britain.  National silver medallist Aidan Faminoff was the top Canadian finisher in the Boys 13 & under 1 metre and 3 metre events where he placed 6th in both events.

The highlight of the weekend though was the bronze medal from Fraser McKean in the Men's Open Platform event. McKean, 19, was sidelined for most of last season due to a serious back injury.  Months of rehab, hard work in the gym and pool, combined with limitless determination proved that McKean is back in top form for the coming season.   For complete results, click here.

Boardworks Celebrates Its Success

December 6, 2010 - Boardworks celebrated the achievements of it's athletes over the past season on December 4 at their annual awards night. 

Triple Junior National gold medalist Shane Miszkiel was named Top Junior Male Diver for 2010.  Miszkiel also set a National record en route to his gold medal sweep at the Canadian Junior Nationals last July in Winnipeg.  The Top Junior Female Diver award was presented to Emily Schmidt, who won two gold and one silver medal at Junior Nationals and was 6 time Provincial champion last season.  Top Rookie honours went to Graham Goodfellow who won 4 provincial bronze medals and earned his Junior National qualifying score for Boys D 1 metre in his first year on the team.

Winners of the Riley McCormick Award, which are presented to the surprise male and female results of the season, were Isaiah Brasset and Shaye Tudor.  Brasset won a silver medal at the 2010 Junior Nationals in the Boys D platform event, while Tudor won a bronze medal in the Girls D Platform event.

Emily Schmidt

Top Junior Female 2010

Graham Goodfellow

Top Rookie

Shaye Tudor & Isaiah Brasset

Riley McCormick Awards


October 2010

Kemp to Attend Commonwealth Games in India

October 1, 2010 - Last May Boardworks diver Rachel Kemp thought her dream of attending the XIX Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India was over.  After suffering a serious shoulder injury at the USA Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, she wasn't able to compete in her best event, the Women's 10 metre, at the Commonwealth Games Trials in Saskatoon in June, giving up any chance of making the team.

Kemp, 17, underwent extensive physical therapy in her shoulder throughout June and was well enough in July to qualify for a spot on Canada's World Junior Championship team competing in September in Tucson.  She placed 5th in Tucson after which she took a two week vacation, thinking her season was over.

While on holidays she received a call from Diving Canada asking if she would be able to be a last minute replacement in Delhi for injured Montreal diver Meaghan Benfeito.  Kemp jumped at the opportunity and immediately got back in the pool to get ready for the Games.

"There are very few people who could prepare for a major event such as Commonwealth games so quickly, but Rachel is known for her ability to be ready for anything." says Kemp's coach and Boardworks Head Coach, Tommy McLeod.

Kemp burst onto the international diving scene at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne at the age of 13, where she placed 6th in the Women's 10 metre event.  Since then she has been one of Canada's best and most consist women's platform divers, most recently placing 4th at the Canada Cup Fina Grand Diving Prix in Montreal last April.


August 2010

Miszkiel and Kemp Set to Take on the World
August 25, 2010 - Boardworks divers Shane Miszkiel and Rachel Kemp will lead Team Canada next week at the 2010 Fina World Junior Diving Championships in Tucson, Arizona, September 1 - 6.

For Kemp, already a World Junior bronze medallist in 2008, even qualifying to compete in Tucson was a victory.  After sustaining a serious shoulder injury in May at a Grand Prix event in Florida, competing at the Junior National Championships in Winnipeg in July, was uncertain.  But she was able to recover in time to win a silver medal in Winnipeg and earn a spot on the World Junior team.

The 2010 World Junior Championships will be a graduation of sorts for Kemp's teammate Shane Miszkiel.  Tucson will be the third World Junior Championships at which he has competed and will also be the final junior competition of his career as he prepares to move on to the senior ranks next season. Miszkiel, a triple gold medallist in Winnipeg, will compete in all three events in Tucson and hopes to improve upon his 18th place finish at the 2008 World Juniors in Aachen, Germany.

The competition starts September 1. For more information about the 2010 Fina World Junior Diving Championships, please click here


July 2010

Sweep for Miszkiel at Junior Nationals
July 12, 2010 - Boardworks' Shane Miszkiel completed a golden sweep of all three boards Saturday taking gold in a nail-biting final in the men's 16-18 platform event at the 2010 Speedo Junior National Diving Championships July 9 - 11 in Winnipeg.

Miszkiel, who scored 489.15 points, trailed silver medallist Marc Sabourin-Germain of Montreal going into the final round of dives and needed the dive of his career to move into the top spot.  Miszkiel drilled is inward 3 1/2 tuck for 8's and 8.5's enabling him to claim is third gold medal of the competition. 

On Friday he broke the men's 16-18 1-metre national record, twice, to claim his second gold medal of the competition after winning gold in the 3 metre event on Thursday.

''I can hardly talk right now I'm so relieved, so happy,'' said Miszkiel following his platform event. ''I didn't think this was possible. It was a bigger challenge mentally than physically sticking in there for three days through prelims and finals. It was a real battle.''

Miszkiel, in his final year of junior diving, will close out his junior diving career representing Canada at the Fina World Junior Diving Championships this September in Tucson, Arizona.

Joining Miszkiel in Tucson will be his Boardworks teammate and Senior National team member Rachel Kemp.  Kemp finished second Sunday in another close competition in the Girls 16-18 platform event to earn her spot on the World Junior team.  The result was a bit of a surprise considering three weeks ago she wasn't even sure she would be competing at this event after sustaining a major should injury at the USA Grand Prix in May.

Kemp also won a bronze medal in the Girls 16-18 3-metre event Friday.

Boardworks' Emily Schmidt claimed two gold and one silver medal in Winnipeg winning gold in the Girls 12-13 1-metre and platform events and winning silver on 3-metre after battling back from 18th position after her first 3 dives.

''My reverse one and half and my compulsories were my best dives,'' said Schmidt after her one- metre event. ''I really wanted to be on the national team and I had to get myself focused, I listened to my coach and did really well.

Outstanding Boardworks performances also came from first time national medallists Isaiah Brasset who won silver in the Boys 11& under platform event, Shaye Tudor who won bronze in the Girls 11 & under platform event and Junior National team member Aidan Faminoff who placed second the Boys 12-13 platform event with an amazing final dive to claim silver.

For complete 2010 Speedo Junior National results, please click here.

April 2010

Weller and Miszkiel To Make International Diving Debut
April 11, 2010 - The dive tank at Saanich Commonwealth Pool is busy place these days for two teenagers divers from Boardworks who will be making their senior international diving debuts later this month in Montreal. Fifteen year old Morgan Weller and 17-year old Shane Miszkiel, both accomplished junior divers, will be joining their Boardworks teammates Rachel Kemp and Riley McCormick at the 2010 Canada Cup Fina Diving Grand Prix, April 29 - May 2.

Both Kemp, 16, and McCormick, 18 are veterans of the senior diving circuit and are excited for their teammates to have this opportunity to break into the senior ranks.  Kemp, national silver medallist in both the Women's 10 metre platform and 3 metre synchro events, will team up with Weller in the Women's 3 metre synchro event. McCormick, a 2008 Olympian, will join Miszkiel in the Men's 3 metre synchro event.

Weller, a native of North Vancouver, relocated to Victoria almost two years ago to train with Boardworks Head Coach Tommy McLeod.  Her rise to the top has been fast considering she only took up the sport four short years ago.  In addition to winning several Junior National medals in the past two years, Weller finished an impressive 4th place in the Women's 3 metre event and then claimed a silver medal with Kemp in the 3 metre synchro event last January at the Winter National Championships.

Seventeen year old Miszkiel started with Boardworks at the age of five with Boardworks' OlympicGarten program and has been on a steady path to success since then.  With over 18 junior national medals to his name and two senior national medals in the past year, Miszkiel is ready for the challenge of the senior ranks. 

Also breaking into the junior international diving scene is fourteen year old Courtney Hattie, a 4 time Junior National medallist and surprise bronze medallist at the 2009 Canada Summer Games in PEI last August.  Hattie will join Weller and Miszkiel next month at the Amsterdam Cup, a prestigious junior diving competition in the Netherlands. 

For more information about the 2010 Canada Cup please click here.


March 2010

McCormick Wins Silver at NCAA Championships
March 28, 2010 - Victoria's Riley McCormick capped his freshman campaign with a stellar performance on the 10-meter platform at the 2010 NCAA Championships in Indiana. The Arizona Stae University freshman and 2008 Olympian scored 469.5 points in the finals to finish runner-up on the tower. He was also second in the preliminaries as he tallied 471.4 points. Read more...

"Riley did a good job, he was very solid," said 13th year head coach Mark Bradshaw. "He was a little off on a couple of dives but everything else was great. From the start, he was on fire. Not too bad for a freshman."

McCormick's next stop is the 2010 Canada Cup Fina Diving Grand Prix in Montreal, April 29 - May 2. Click here for more Canada Cup information.

McCormick Heads to NCAA
March 13, 2010 - Boardworks' Riley McCormick dominated the Men's 10 metre platform event at the Zone E NCAA qualifying event to put himself in contention for the NCAA platform title March 25 - 27 in Columbus, Ohio.  McCormick, a 2008 Olympian, is a freshman at Arizona State University and is currently ranked eighth in the world in the event.  He scored an incredible 905.4 points, almost 170 points more than his ASU teammate Constatin Blaha.


January 2010

McCormick Scores Perfect 10 to Claim Fourth National Title
Feb 1, 2010, Toronto - Riley McCormick of Boardworks earned a perfect 10 en route to successfully defending his men’s 10-metre tower title at the Winter Nationals diving competition which concluded on Sunday at the Etobicoke Olympium.

McCormick, 18, earned 472.55 points with Eric Sehn of Edmonton second at 445.05 and Kevin Geyson of Winnipeg third at 413.55. McCormick received one 10, two 9.5`s and four 9.0`s for his reverse three and half which he executed in the fifth of six rounds. He had botched the dive in the morning semis.

‘’It’s always been one of my best dives,’’ said McCormick. ‘’I was pretty frustrated to have missed it in the semis and I came back very focused. I knew Kevin had just hit it for 8.0’s I knew I needed a good one to get back in first place. Overall it was consistent performance.’’

Boardworks Shane Miszkiel, last year's bronze medallist was 5th.

In the Women's 3-metre event Boardworks' Morgan Weller earned a career best 4th place finish earning a personal-best national score of 289.75.  Weller's teammate and silver medal winning synchro partner Rachel Kemp was 6th with 270.15.  The event was won by two-time Olympic medallist and World Championship silver medallist Emilie Heymans of Montreal.

Silver for Kemp at Nationals
Jan 30, 2010, Toronto - Consistency was the key for 15 year old Boardworks diver Rachel Kemp today at the Canadian Winter National Diving Championships in Toronto.  Kemp was second through the preliminary and semi-final rounds and maintained that position in the finals, claiming the silver medal behind champion Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal.

Kemp burst onto the national diving scene in 2006 at the age of 12 when she was the youngest national medallist and youngest member of the Canadian Commonwealth Games team.  In the past 4 years she has consistently placed in the medals at the National Championships, as well as earning several top 4 finishes at Fina Grand Prix events.

Kemp also won silver today in the Women's 3 metre synchro event with partner and Boardworks teammate Morgan Weller.  The duo who recently paired up, were consistent throughout the event and show a lot of promise for the future.

In other news, Boardworks' Riley McCormick, a 2008 Olympian on platform, proved he isn't just a 10 metre specialist anymore.  McCormick placed a respectable 4th in the Men's 3 metre event in Toronto, while Victoria's Shane Miszkiel placed 5th.  

McCormick, who is currently on scholarship at Arizona State University, is a three-time Men's 10 metre national champion and he will defend his national title tomorrow afternoon.  Miszkiel, 16, who was last year's bronze medallist on 10 metre will join McCormick.  Rachel Kemp and Morgan Weller will compete Sunday in the Women's 3 metre event.  Kemp is the defending bronze medallist in this event.

For live event results click here.

October 2009

Silver Medal Caps Off Career Best Season for Miszkiel
October 31, 2009 - Sixteen year old Shane Miszkiel finished the 2008/09 diving season with a surprise silver medal at the 2009 Pan Am Junior Diving competition in Calgary in September.  That medal caps off a career best season for the Boardworks diver who also claimed 2 gold medals at the Speedo Junior Nationals in Victoria this past July and career best bronze medal finishes in the Men's 10 metre event at both the Senior National championships last March and the World Championship Trials last May.

Miszkiel, who has spent much of his career in the shadow of his Boardworks teammate and 2008 Olympian Riley McCormick, showed he is also a future Olympic hopeful.

"Shane has really taken on a leadership role with the Junior National team and is really prepared to move into the senior ranks this coming season", says Boardworks Head Coach Tommy McLeod.  "His results last year, both nationally and internationally, have really demonstrated his potential for the future."

Coming up for Miszkiel in the 2010 season is the 2009 Camo International Invitational in Montreal in December which is also the Trials for the Senior Grand Prix events this winter as well as the Winter Senior Nationals in Toronto in January.  In his last season of junior diving Miszkiel also hopes to qualify to represent Canada for a third time at the World Junior Diving Championships in Tucson, Arizona September 2010.


September 2009

Two Silver Medals for Boardworks at Pan Am Junior Championships
September 12, 2009, Calgary, AB -  In their competitive debut as a synchro pair, Shane Miszkiel of Victoria and Cody Yano of Edmonton took the silver in the Boys 3 metre synchro event at the 2009 Pan am Junior Diving Championships in Calgary.  Miszkiel and Yano just started training together this week for the synchro event.

“We’re surprised to get the medal,’’ said Miszkiel. ‘’The key for us was being confident in our abilities and each other abilities. On the last dive the adrenaline was really rushing because we knew that if we could nail that dive we would be in the medals.’’

In the Girls 14-15 1 metre event Boardworks' Morgan Weller won silver in the women’s 14-15 one-metre event. Kassidy Cook of the U.S., won the gold at 350.45, Weller was second at 343.20 and Myriam Selmani of Montreal was third at 342.35.

Weller has been battling a shoulder injury all season and this was the best she’s felt in quite some time.

“I was able to pull it together for this competition,” said Weller, 15. “It’s so great to end a tough season on such a high note. It was pretty difficult to come back from the injury. It was quite painful when I competed earlier this season but today I felt much better.”

Victoria's Aidan Faminoff, Boys 11 & under national champion, placed 5th in the Boys 11 & under 3 metre event in a tough field.

"Overall I am really happy with my result, although I have a lot of work to do to break into the medals" said Faminoff.

July 2009

McCormick 9th at Worlds
July 22, Rome - Riley McCormick of Victoria is a great teen diver. Thomas Daley of Great Britain is a teen prodigy.

The world glimpsed the future of diving and it looks to be Daley. The 15-year-old from Plymouth stunned the 2009 world aquatics championships in Rome by winning the men's 10-metre platform gold medal.

The 17-year-old McCormick was ninth and cracked the world top 10 for the first time in his career and shot up nine placings from his finish at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

These two will be facing each other at world championships, Summer Olympics and Commonwealth Games for the next 10 to 15 years, with Daley looking to be hard to beat. His was the first world championship gold medal ever for Britain in individual diving and Daley is positioned to be a huge host-country story at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Daley, belying his age, was money in crunch time as he scored three perfect 10s on each of his last two dives to roar from third place to gold with 539.85 points while Chinese divers Bo Qiu and Luxin Zhou settled for silver and bronze at 532.20 and 530.55, respectively.

McCormick, who graduated this spring from Claremont Secondary, scored 470.86 to just finish out of the top-eight, which gets you invited to the prestigious Invitational World Series. He would have placed higher but for a bad first dive in the final, which garnered only 6.5 and 7.0 scores. McCormick rebounded to score several 8.5s and 9s on four of his six dives in the final. It's a lesson learned for next time.

"Riley gave away points on the first dive, but the main message out of this is that he can now run with the big dogs," said Mitch Geller, Diving Canada chief technical director, who first identified McCormick as a four-year-old at Saanich Commonwealth Place.

"Riley has a whole lot more in him in the many years he has ahead in his career," added Geller, in a telephone interview from Rome.

"It's nice to get a running start for 2012."

By Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist

© Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist

McCormick Aims for Career Best at Worlds
July 17 - Boardworks Riley McCormick is ready to complete against the world's best this coming week at the World Aquatic Championships in Rome, Italy.  The 17 year old just came off a record-setting performance at the Speedo Junior Nationals last week in his home pool in Victoria and hopes to improve on his 11th place finish at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne.  In the past two years McCormick has been ranked as high as 5th on the Fina Grand Prix circuit and placed 16th at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.  Men's 10 metre platform preliminaries start Monday, July 20th.  Click here for more World Championship info.

Faminoff Sets Junior Record
July 13, Victoria, BC - 10 year old Aidan Faminoff is following in the footsteps of his teammate Riley McCormick after having smashed the Boys D Platform record this past weekend at the Speedo Junior National Diving Championships at Saanich Commonwealth Place scoring 264.85 points.  Faminoff, who has been breaking records at every competition he has attended this year, easily won the event over silver medallist Peter Thach Mai of Montreal.  Earlier in the weekend Faminoff won the Boys D 3 metre title and finished 2nd to Mai in the boys D 1 metre event.  With two golds and a silver Faminoff was named the Top Male D diver of the championships and earned a spot on the Pan Am Junior Championships team which will compete in Calgary in September.

Faminoff's teammate Riley McCormick capped off his junior diving career winning the Boys A platform event Thursday in record-setting style, scoring 581.95, beating out Boardworks Shane Miszkiel who placed second with a score of 477.70.  Miszkiel, who was named Top Male A Diver of the meet, also won 2 golds in the Boys A 1 metre and 3 metre events and will be joining Faminoff in Calgary in September.

A surprise finish this past weekend was the bronze medal won by Courtney Hattie in the Girls B platform event.  Hattie, 13, was the silver medallist in the Girls Group C (12-13) event last year and is in her first year of the 14-15 year old age-group.  Hattie's teammates Morgan Weller and  Molly Schupbach had strong finishes in the Girls B 3 metre event placing 3rd and 4th respectively.  Weller earned a spot on the Junior Pan Am team earlier in the weekend by finishing 2nd in the Girls B 1 metre event.

Overall, Boardworks finished second in the team standings to the powerful Camo team from Montreal.

For complete event results please click here.

May 2009

McCormick Wins Canadian Diving Trials

May 19, 2009 - They might have to start adding pages to this guy's passport.

Diver Riley McCormick of Victoria is only 17 but heading to his third world aquatics championships this summer in Rome.

McCormick, who was the youngest of the 46 Island athletes at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, booked his ticket to Rome by winning the men's 10-metre platform Sunday at the Canadian trials in Montreal.

McCormick was the youngest athlete in any discipline at the 2005 world aquatics championships in Montreal and the youngest male competitor at the 2007 world championships in Melbourne.

McCormick scored 491.30 points at the Canadian trials and was easily clear of second-place finisher Eric Sehn of Edmonton and his 396.15 points. Shane Miszkiel of Victoria was third with 380.45 and Zach Nicol of Victoria sixth at 329.85. McCormick and Sehn made standard to advance to the 2009 worlds out of the trials.

"I know I should be there at the world championships but it's still a huge relief," said McCormick.

"It's a great weight off my shoulders. It's a judged sport and anything can happen. You can't take anything for granted. Every competition is make or break. Now I can concentrate on finishing high school this spring [at Claremont Secondary]."

McCormick continues to flirt with the 500-point plateau, which is roughly the equivalent of scoring a hat-trick in hockey. He scored 499.5 points at the U.S. Grand Prix three weeks ago and it looks to be a matter of time before he takes his diving to that next level -- which would result in medals at major international competitions.

"Five-hundred is a magic number in our sport," said McCormick.

"When you break 500 consistently, you are on or near the podium at major events. You're in a very elite group at that point. It's a huge confidence booster to be so close. It means you can compete with the best in the world. It's been my goal all year to reach 500. I missed it at the trials and just missed by half a point at the U.S. Grand Prix.

"Now I will just have to do it at the world championships in Rome."

McCormick has this year added the toughest dive in the sport to his list - the back 3.5 somersault in straight-leg pike position.

"Basically, you are spinning until you hit the water," explained McCormick.

It takes years to master that dive and McCormick has struggled with it in the early going, scoring sevens and eights with it at the trials. Once he nails it consistently, McCormick is expected to become a permanent member of the elite 500-points club at events such as the Summer Olympics, world championships and Commonwealth Games.

"It's a consistency thing," said McCormick, of the difficult dive.

"You have to keep working at it. It's like anything else -- you have to keep going back and doing it."

McCormick first climbed to the top of the 10-metre platform at Saanich Commonwealth Place as a four-year-old. He graduates from Claremont next month and is sorting through full-ride Division 1 NCAA athletic scholarship offers from U.S. universities.

"I'm close to a decision but haven't committed, yet," said McCormick.

By Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist

© Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist

More Medals for Kemp in Aachen
May 9, 2009 - Boardworks Rachel Kemp claimed two more international medals Saturday and Sunday winning two silver medals in the Girls Group A 3 metre and 10 metre events  at the Internationales Lambertz-Printenspringen diving competition in Aachen, Germany.  On Thursday she won a bronze medal in the Girls Group A 1 metre event. 

Also in Aachen, Boardworks Shane Miszkiel also showed he is amongst the best junior divers in the world placing 4th today in the Boys group A platform event, after placing 9th yesterday on 3 metre. 

"The meet in Aachen is the biggest annual junior diving meet in the world, with about 20 nations competing. Rachel and Shane's results show they can compete with, and beat, the world's best." said Boardworks Head Coach Tommy McLeod today from Germany.

Kemp, Miszkiel and Boardworks teammates Riley McCormick, a finalist at the USA Grand Prix this  weekend, and Zach Nicol now head to Montreal to compete for a spot on the team that will represent Canada at the 2009 World Aquatic Championships in Rome this July.

For complete results for the Internationales Lambertz-Printenspringen, please click here.

Kemp Wins Bronze at Junior International Competition
May 7, 2009 - Boardworks' Rachel Kemp won a bronze medal today at the Internationales Lambertz-Printenspringen diving competition in Aachen, Germany.  In the preliminaries of the Girls A group 1 metre event, Kemp, 15, qualified in second place, behind team-mate Carol-Anne Ware of Montreal.  In the finals, Kemp finished third, 1.15 points behind silver medallist Marion Farissier of France and gold medallist Ware.  Kemp will also be competing in the Group A platform and 3 metre events which will take place Saturday & Sunday respectively. 

Another Boardworks diver, Shane Miszkiel, is also competing in Aachen in the Boys A group 1 metre, 3 metre and platform events.  MIszkiel's events start Friday with the Boys A 1 metre event.  For event schedule and results, please click

April 2009

McCormick to Challenge World's Best Divers
April 29, 2009 - Boardworks' Riley McCormick is in Montreal this weekend ready to challenge some the world's best divers in the Men's 10 metre platform event at the 2009 Coupe Canada Cup.  Canada Cup is the 4th stop of the 2009 Fina Grand Prix circuit.  Despite the absence of the powerful Chinese team and 2008 Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham from Australia, McCormick faces a tough challenge from former Canada Cup champion Jose Guerra from Cuba and divers from Germany and Russia.  The Men's 10 metre preliminaries and semi finals are scheduled for Friday, with the finals set for Saturday afternoon.  For more information about the 2009 Canada Cup, please click here.  To watch Canada Cup events live online click here.
March 2009

Diving Canada Invests in Future Olympians
March 28, 2009 - Six Boardworks divers participated in Diving Plongeon Canada's kick-off of the new Olympic quadrennial by participating in two concurrent elite junior training camps in Xi-an, China and Montreal this past weekend.

“Diving Canada is already looking forward to the next Olympic Games and is proactively investing in the next generation of elite divers and their coaches,” says Mitch Geller, DPC’s Chief Technical Officer. “We are confident that initiatives such as these camps will help build momentum for Canadian divers and will kick-off the start of an Olympic quadrennial like never before.”

Boardworks divers Shane Miszkiel, Morgan Weller and Courtney Hattie and coach Lisa Boog were part of a 26 member Canadian delegation that departed for Xi'an, China March 28th for an 8 day training camp at the Shaanxi Provincial Training Centre.

“The goal of this China camp is to build upon our technical knowledge as well as expose the athletes and coaches to the training methods and culture of a nation that is well-known for developing Olympic champion divers,” says Scott Cranham, DPC’s High Performance Director.

A second group of Boardworks divers, including Fraser McKean, Aidan Faminoff and May Wang were part of another junior elite camp in Montreal, April 3 -5.  Lead by Olympic coach and Diving Plongeon Canada's new Head Coach, Michel Larouche, this camp included workshops on flexibility, relaxation, mental imagery, ballet and educational sessions on doping control.

The up and coming Canadian divers at both camps are products of Diving Canada’s new talent identification system and were selected by a panel of domestic experts using objective criteria created by DPC’s High Performance Director and National Head Coach.

McCormick 5th at 2009 Fina Grand Prix in Germany
March 2, 2009 - 2008 Olympian Riley McCormick scored 9's and 9.5's on his reverse 3 1/2 to place 5th in the second Fina Grand Prix event of the 2009 season in Rostock, Germany yesterday.  Seventeen year old McCormick, who won the Men's National 10 metre title last month in Calgary, dove consistently throughout the competition, only slightly missing his back 3 1/2 pike, which is a new dive to his list this season.  Victoria's Rachel Kemp competes this weekend at the second Grand Prix event in Moscow, Russia.

February 2009

Kemp Wins Second Medal at National Championships
February 15, 2009 - Boardworks Rachel Kemp won her second bronze medal in as many days placing 3rd in the Women's 10m event at the Winter National Championships in Calgary.  Kemp led most of the way through the event and slightly missed her final dive to let Montreal's Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfieto move ahead of her.  Boardworks teammate Morgan Weller placed 5th in her very first national senior platform event.

Medal Haul for Boardworks at Winter National Championships
February 14, 2009 - Boardworks divers dominated day three of the Canadian Winter National Diving Championships in Calgary with one gold and 2 bronze medals.  2008 Olympian Riley McCormick, 17, claimed gold in the Men's 10 metre event, while 2008 Junior National Champion Shane Miszkiel finished 3rd, a career best finish for the 16 year old.  In the Women's 3 metre event, 15 year old Rachel Kemp won bronze.  Known as a platform specialist, Kemp has been training more on 3 metre this season and  it paid off with a medal.  Competition continues Sunday with Kemp and 14 year old Morgan Weller looking for medals in the Women's 10 metre event.  For live event results visit

September 2008

Boardworks Coach Wins National Award

November 24, 2008 - Congratulations go out to Lisa Boog, who was co-winner of the 2008 Canadian Junior Diving Coach of the Year Award at the Diving Plongeon Canada Awards Gala held Friday, November 21, in Ottawa.

Lisa’s results at the 2008 Speedo Junior Nationals were outstanding, with three of her divers earning silver medals, one making Junior National Team, another with a 4th place finish, plus two more finalists. With the heavy international competition schedule of Boardrworks Head Coach Tommy McLeod, she also played a huge role in coaching his divers to 3 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals at the 2008 Speedo Junior Nationals, as well as 5 berths on the Junior National Team.
But Lisa’s results were only a part of what made her so worthy of recognition this last season. Besides all of the responsibilities that come with being the General Manager for Boardworks, Lisa coached at three Provincial Camps and two Junior National Camps. She was also Meet Manager for three competitions – Marc LePoole’s Speedo Sting, BC Winter Provincials, and Maple Leaf Simply Fresh Diving Trials – all of which were huge successes.

Lisa said that, of all the work she did over the last year, the hardest part was standing in front of the entire Canadian Diving membership and giving an acceptance speech! In true Lisa Boog form, of course, the speech and its delivery were excellent

September 2008

Kemp Wins Bronze at World Juniors
September 18, 2008,  Aachen, Germany – Rachel Kemp of Boardworks won Canada’s second medal in two days at the world junior diving championships on Thursday earning the bronze medal in the women’s platform event in the 14-15 age group.

Qi Li of China won the gold medal with a three-dive score of 401.00 points in the final. Michelle Cabassol of the U.S., was second at 388.90 and Kemp took the bronze at 358.45.

‘’Rachel did a fantastic job,’’ said Scott Cranham, Diving Canada’s junior elite development director. ‘’You had to be consistently strong to be in the medals and Rachel handled that pressure really well.’’

For Kemp, it was an exciting end to a long season in which she finished 5th at the Olympic Diving Trials in June and won a gold and two silver medals at the Speedo Junior Nationals in Thunder Bay in July.

For complete event results, click here.

Vos and Weller Impress in World Juniors Debut
Sept 17, 2008, Aachen - Boardworks divers Kevin Vos and Morgan Weller turned in personal best performances at the Fina World Junior Diving Championships in Aachen, Germany placing 10th and 11th respectively in the Boys 14-15 1 metre and the Girls 14-15 1 metre events. 

Vos, 15, who started diving with Boardworks at the age of 6, is competing at his first World Junior Championships. 

‘’I went in wanting to make the final and put in a solid list to see how far it would take me,’’ said Vos. ‘’Some dives could have been better but overall it was very good. I was nervous at the start but settled down as the meet progressed."

Weller, a native of North Vancouver, has only been in the sport 3 years.

"To place 11th in her first international competition after having only started diving three years ago is amazing," said Boardworks Head Coach and 2008 Olympic coach Tommy McLeod.  "She certainly has a bright future in this sport."

Events continue through Sunday. 

Boardworks Divers to Challenge for Medals at Junior Worlds
September 8, 2008 - There is no time to rest for Riley McCormick.  Fresh off his Olympic Games debut in Beijing last month, McCormick and four of his Boardworks teammates are heading off to Aachen, Germany this week to dive for medals at the 2008 World Junior Diving Championships. 

Joining McCormick is Senior and Junior National team member Rachel Kemp, Junior National Champions Shane Miszkiel and Kevin Vos and national silver medallist Morgan Weller.

The Boys A 10 metre event will be an all-Boardworks event for Canada. Both McCormick and Miszkiel are both looking to improve on their 6th and 12th place finishes respectively at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It will be the first trip to the World Juniors for Kemp, Vos and Weller.  Kemp, a senior national team member and 206 Commonwealth Games team member, will be competing in the Girls Group B 3 metre and 10 metre events.  Vos and Weller will compete in the Group B 1 metre events.

Boardworks Head Coach and 2008 Olympic coach Tommy McLeod will also be going to Aachen as one of the Canadian Junior National team coaches.

Watch for complete event results.


August 2008

McCormick 16th in Olympic Games Debut
August 24, 2008 - One of Canada's brightest stars in diving, Riley McCormick of Victoria finished 16th in the Men's 10 metre platform event in his Olympic debut in Beijing yesterday.

McCormick, who turns 17 on Monday, was disappointed in his performance in the semi-finals, but showed he could be a major player by the time the next Games roll around in 2012 in London.

‘’It’s very frustrating when you can’t put it all together,’’ said McCormick, who’ll compete next month at the world junior championships. ‘’I’ve been training forever for that moment and it just got away from me. I wasn’t expecting to have so much trouble dealing with a morning competition but in the end I should have been there (in the final).’’

It was another sparkling Games for Canadian divers. Alexandre Despatie of Laval, Que., and Emilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., won silver medals on men’s three-metre and women’s tower respectively. Blythe Hartley of North Vancouver added a personal best fourth place on women’s three-metre as did Marie-Eve Marleau of Laval with a seventh on women’s tower.

Young divers like McCormick, Ross, Jennifer Abel and Roseline Filion of Laval and Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal all showed that Canadian diving will continue to be a world power in the sport for years to come. Those young divers will continue to capitalize on the leadership of Despatie who has said he’ll keep diving until 2012.

Diving also solidified itself among Canada’s best sports at the summer Olympic Games. It’s the fourth straight Games that Canada has earned at least one medal in the sport and two medals have been won at each of the last three Games.

McCormick Advances to Semi Finals in Beijing
August 22, 2008.  Boardworks Riley McCormick advanced to the semi-finals at the 2008 Olympic Games. McCormick qualified comfortably in 14th place with a score of 425 points. The top 18 divers move on to the next round.  CBC coverage of the semi-finals will take place at 6:50pm Friday evening.  Join Boardworks and all of Riley's friends and family at Saanich Commonwealth Place tonight to cheer him on!
July 2008

Boardworks Divers Qualify for World Junior Championships
July 30, 2008 -
Boardworks continued it's winning season last month at the Speedo Junior Nationals in Thunder Bay, placing four divers on the Canadian Team that will compete at the Fina World Junior Diving Championships.  Lead by Olympian Riley McCormick, who was pre-named to the World Junior Team in the Boys A Platform event based on his Olympic qualification, Boardworks divers Kevin Vos, Rachel Kemp and Shane Miszkiel will also make the trip to Aachen, Germany in September.

Miszkiel, who won the Boys A Platform event in Thunder Bay with a solid performance, will be making his second appearance at the World Junior Championships, having attended two years ago in Malaysia, placing 12th.

For Kemp, a Senior National Team member who placed 5th at the Olympic Trials in June, it will be her first World Junior Championships.  She will be competing in the Girl's B 10 metre and 3 metre events having placed 1st and 2nd respectively at the Speedo Junior Nationals. Kemp will certainly be in the medal hunt at the World Junior event having won 3 medals (gold, silver and bronze) at the prestigious Lambertz-Springen Junior International diving meet in Aachen last April, competing against some of the best junior divers in the world.

Kevin Vos left it until the last day at the Speedo Junior Nationals to claim his spot on the team.  Having placed 4th on 3 metre and 3rd on 10 metre, Vos needed to win the 1 metre event to earn a ticket to Germany.  He easily won the event finishing well ahead of silver medallist Austin Mix of London, Ont.

Other Boardworks divers who delivered outstanding performances at the Junior National championships include 10-year old Aidan Faminoff, who won a silver medal in the Boys D Platform and was 4th in both the Boys D 1 metre and 3 metre events.  11-year old May Wang, placed 2nd in the Girls D Platform.  Courtney Hattie narrowly missed out on a gold medal in a very close and exciting Girls C platform event, placing 2nd in the Girls C Platform.  She broke team-mate Rachel Kemp's National Record in the process. 

Molly Schupbach impressed with a 4th place finish in the Girls B Platform, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal and Fraser McKean finished a heart-breaking 4th in the Boys A platform, after leading the event through the first 3 rounds.

For complete Speedo Junior Nationals results, click here