Last weekend (May 9th to 13th) the best male and female divers in the world competed at the Canada Cup FINA Diving Grand Prix at Repsol Sport Centre.
Over 100 divers from 19 countries competed in the newly refurbished diving tank, where a new 10m diving tower has opened the Sport’s Centre to competitions of this caliber. The competition meant something special to Calgarian Caeli McKay, who got to perform in front of a hometown crowd.
McKay grew up training at Repsol for over ten years before the moving to Montreal two years ago to train with the national team. Last season, she teamed up with three-time Olympic bronze medalist Meaghan Benfeito to compete in women’s synchronized 10 meter. They recently won silver at the Commonwealth Games in Australia on April. Benefeito was keen to ensure her partner had the best experience at her home pool.
“She’s the star of the week; it’s not me, it’s all about her so I’m just going to focus on what I have to do to put my dives down as well as possible to make sure she’s happy at the end of the day,” she told Kevin Smith at Global News.
McKay and Benfeito came second to the team from China by about 8 points. They held consistent dives, but were outdone by scores in the high nine’s by the Chinese team. The Canadian’s were battling travel fatigue, arriving in Calgary two days before from a World Series event in Kazan, Russia. Although tired, the Canadian team too home two gold, two silver, and a bronze over the weekend. McKay also competed in the individual 10m platform event, placing 6th.
Even after a busy and successful weekend, the team is looking to the future to a World Cup in China next month.