Divers Hoping Windsor Event Inspires (Gallery)

Fans at the FINA World Diving Series event in Windsor on June 1, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

The FINA Diving World Series held at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre over the weekend may have a fan in 9-year-old John Luca.

“It was really good, I really liked it,” says the Windsor boy, who spent his birthday on Sunday taking in the diving competition with his family.

Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Roseline Filion hopes the event in Windsor inspires kids like Luca to take up the sport.

“There’s no club here and I really hope that this weekend motivates young kids to start up diving,” says Filion. “They have everything that they need facility-wise so, I really hope we inspired a few young kids.”

According to FINA organizers, about 1,200 people were in attendance on Sunday with about 600 attending on Saturday and close to 800 on Friday.

Filion finished with a gold in the Women’s 10 m Synchronized Springboard event along with teammate Meaghan Benfeito while adding a bronze medal in the Women’s 10 m Platform event  Canadian teammate Jennifer Abel finished with a bronze in the Women’s 3 m Springboard event and a silver along with teammate Pam Ware in the Women’s 3 m Synchronized Springboard event. Canadian Riley McCormick placed ninth in the Men’s 3 m Springboard event.