A Chat with Jack Laugher, Olympic Diver.
In a special column, London 2012 Olympic diver Jack Laugher discusses the perks of living in Leeds, pre-season training and what he’s most looking forward to about Christmas....
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Jack's Making a Splash...
CPC is a proud sponsor of champion diver Jack Laugher. In his latest blog, Jack talks about his training and his recent gold medals in the World Series.
Jack's Blog: The start of my year.
Last year was the best year of my career so far and I knew it was going to be tough to follow it. I had a really good off season with a lot of training, learning and getting stronger and also had an amazing time out in Rio De Janeiro diving in the Olympic pool! Rio was a lot of fun and also an amazing experience, getting to grips with our surroundings for when the big moment comes next year!
The first competition of the year is the National Championships, which take place in February. I had learnt a new dive during the off-season and was extremely excited and nervous to show it off here. Training leading up to the nationals was looking really good and I was in a mentally and physically great place until one session when I felt something give in my arm. I thought nothing of it and carried on training which was a huge mistake as this injury put me out of action for 10 days with only just over 2 weeks to go before competition. I had done nerve damage from my neck down to my right arm and this meant my muscles wouldn’t activate, in turn causing me pain. This was a nightmare come reality for me as I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to compete. Luckily with the help of doctors and the physiotherapists, I got to a pain level that I could deal with so I could train and compete. I managed to use my new dive; the 5156b (forward 2 1/2 somersaults, 3 twists piked) and I got 93 points on it, which was brilliant! The competition went smoothly despite my injury and I came away with two gold medals to start off the year with. Brilliant!
Our next competitions were the World Series. The World Series consists of 6 different competitions around the world in places such as China, Mexico and Canada! The first leg was 2 competitions, 1 in China, 1 in Dubai. After Nationals I had 2 weeks to recover and prepare for leaving to officially start my international season off. Training was still difficult with my injury not fully healed and sometimes having to cut sessions short because of the pain, but we did some good work. I learnt from the Nationals what my weaknesses were and my coach and I tried to work our best to rectify these mistakes.
We left for China at 5AM on a Monday morning and arrived at the hotel at 6PM Tuesday evening! The long journey wasn’t good for my body and I was sore for training on Wednesday, but with only 2 days until the competitions, I had to bite the bullet and get on with it! The first comp was the synchro competition with my partner, Chris Mears. The first international competition of the year is always scary as we are up against the best in the world and that’s always daunting. We put out a good performance but only managed a 4th place, narrowly missing out on a medal to the Germans. With my individual the next day there was no time to sulk. I had to be ready to go again for a full day only 10 hours later. I made it through my semi final, qualifying in 4th place overall. This was the first international competition doing my new dive and it was in the 2008 Olympic Beijing Water Cube. Great venue, but very cold making diving very difficult to do! Unfortunately I didn’t medal but it fuelled me for the next competition in Dubai.
We had an even earlier start to head to Dubai! Leaving the hotel at 3am felt like death to me! I slept all the way to the airport and we had an 8-hour flight to Dubai. I love Dubai because it’s so sunny and such a nice pool. Plus, my old diving coach now works there so it’s nice to see him once in a while. We only had 2 days of training before the competition so not much time to prepare. Training was going really well even though I was still carrying the arm injury that I mentioned earlier.
It got to our synchro competition day and we were a little bitter after our 4th place from Beijing. We did our best required dives since the Commonwealth Games and we were doing really well for our first three dives. On our 4th dive I dropped a little bit short and on our last, Chris went a little over on the 6th dive. We ended up 4th again, which was really horrible for us. New tactics next time I think.
My individual was up next and I was pumped after being only 6 points shy of my PB last time. In my prelim were the Chinese and a Mexican. I was fairly confident I could make the finals and with a score of 517 I sailed through with a PB by 0.5. With an amazing and steady performance I was filled with excitement for the finals later. After a very powerful session, the finals started. I opened up with my first dive and got over 90 points! The first time this has happened in a senior competition. I was off to a good start. I was calm and focused and I stuck to my routine. I didn’t know how well I was doing until I stepped on the board for my last dive to see my name, followed by “previous round rank 1”. That’s when it dawned on me that I could actually, not only medal, but win this competition. I felt the nerves and pressure to do a good dive and ended up doing the highest scoring dive on my list with my last dive to secure my first ever senior international win as well as a HUGE PB. I’ve never been so shocked and happy at the same time! To be a world series champion and knock the Chinese off top spot was such a great feeling and I’ll never ever forget it. I scored 564 points and I was only 8 points shy of the world record set in 2008 by He Chong. I still have things to work on back in Leeds but it is going to be an exciting year!
Thank you to everyone at CPC for your continued support and the “congratulations” messages I am receiving over twitter etc when I am away competing It is nice to know that I have your support whatever the result but hopefully I can carry on the success! I think now is probably a good time to mention that the water in Beijing could really do with a bit of TLC from you guys!
I hope you have enjoyed my blog and I look forward to keeping you posted on what happens in the coming months!
All the best,
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What's New for Spring...
Mr Sun Fun ~ Spring
What a difference a year makes, with improved optimism fuelled by an improving economic outlook and better weather last year, and even more optimistic weather forecasts for this summer….believe that when we see it!!!
For our part, CPC has reinvested in its business at record rates, including the launch of Gold Horizons specialities, the near doubling of marketing support programmes and commissioning of new head office administration facilities (end of May completion). Perhaps we need the 2014 weather forecast to come good!!!!
Mr Sun Fun ~ Summer
Hi Vis Pooltesters - we have a 'May Offer' on these, please call the office for more information.
New High Vis Pool testers with white background allow for easier comparisons of colour standards.
Hi Vis Pooltester
Kit 1 tests for chlorine, bromine (conversion) and pH – orange case.
Kit 2 tests for Oxygen/ Aquablanc (except peroxide) and pH
CPC have teamed up with Descon GmbH to widen its range of automatic dosing & control equipment (www.descon-trol.de ).
The units are very well engineered and offer a potentiostatic chlorine measurement system which provides a very stable chlorine measurement.
The descon-trol S is ideal for domestic pools with peristaltic dosing pumps models offered.
The range includes: Free chlorine, pH & temperature
- Redox, pH & temperature
- Aquablanc chlorine free, pH & temperature
Our new range Gold Horizons has been very popular since we launched it at the beginning of April. We have various marketing items available for you, including the following:
Might Pods Stand
Gold Horizons Stand
Other marketing items are available on request, please contact us for more information.
14th May 2014
Sandford Parks Lido, Opening Day May 2014
Saturday 10th May saw Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, open its doors for the new season. To celebrate the opening of the lido an entrance fee of two pence was charged and the staff were dressed in traditional uniform.
Jack Laugher was there to open the gates, sign autographs and taught some diving techniques to a group of local children.
Jack, International diver for Great Britain, British Champion and double World Junior Champion, recently won 2 bronze medals at the World Series in Moscow.
Check out the Lido's website http://www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk/
Gold Horizons - Cutting Edge Water Treatment Technology
Our Gold Horizons range is here and ready for your pool and hot tub customers; pre-orders have been packed and despatched. The Gold Horizons spa fragrance range will be ready for despatch at the end of April.
Gold Horizons - arriving
Gold Horizons is an innovative, speciality range and we have a wide choice of marketing support available for our dealers. All of the products are listed in the 2014 brochure and a Dealer Chemical Manual is also available listing the complete range as well as application and dosing instructions.
Water Treatment Specialists
We have an exclusive partnership with international water treatment specialists HaloSource Inc. The agreement with US-based HaloSource Inc, a global developer of clean technologies for water purification, allows us to bring innovative products and solutions to the UK market under our new brand Gold Horizons. Designed to improve performance and deliver greater convenience, the cutting edge products in the new range include 'throw and go' pre-measured soluble sachet technology, environmentally friendly water clarifiers and heat retention pool products.
CPC - HaloSource Partnership
Environmentally Friendly - Recycled Crab Shells
This is the first time that such a wide range of these unique products will be available to UK customers. Fully compliant with UK and European legislation and offered with UK weights, the products include liquid solar heat loss preventers that create films on pool surfaces to protect against evaporation losses and natural clarifiers based on Chitosan, a product extracted from recycled crab shells and other crustaceans with proven flocculating and coagulating properties.
Marketing Material for Gold Horizons
- Gold Horizons Stands (brand new and tailored specifically for the GH range)
- Mighty Pod Countertop Display Unit
- Full Colour Brochure
- A2 Showroom Posters (3 different styles available)
- Clip Frame for A2 poster
- Vinyl Banner
- Countertop A4 poster (3 different styles available)
- Dealer Chemical Manual
All of the marketing available will be shown in our Spring Newsletter, which is due out shortly. Please contact us if you would like further information.
CPC Sponsors Jack Laugher, Champion Diver
CPC is delighted to be sponsoring the current British Diving Champion, Jack Laugher.
Jack competed in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and finished eighth in the World Championships held in Shanghai. Jack also competed in the London 2012 Olympics at the age of just 17.
Jack has started 2014 in a winning way, at the beginning of February he achieved 2 gold medals at the British Diving Championships. What a fantastic way to start the year!
We look forward to spending time with Jack.
You can read more about Jack on his website.