London 2012: Hatfield diving coach to judge at the Olympics
PUBLISHED: 11:14 29 July 2012
AS teenage Team GB poster boy Tom Daley prepares to dive into the Olympics, a coach from a Hatfield diving club will be judging the world's best at the London 2012 Games.
Beaumont Diving Academy’s Chris Sage will be GB’s sole diving judge at the London 2012 Games, fours years after his daughter competed at the Olympics.
Chris has been coaching and judging at Beaumont at the Hatfield pool for 16 years.
The married father of four, whose daughter Hayley dived for GB alongside Daley at the Beijing Games in 2008, said: “It has been a great honour and privilege to have been selected for our own home grown Olympics, which I believe will be the most successful Olympics ever for GB athletes.”
Sage started judging at club level in 1997 and swiftly progressed to national events in 2002.
His first international representation was in 2007 at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
He has already had a taste of the London Aquatics Centre, which will host the Olympic diving events.
“While judging at the World Cup Olympic test event in February the Aquatics Centre was limited in capacity to 3,500 people, but the atmosphere was absolutely electric with the patriotic support that the spectators gave to the GB divers,” he said.
“This in turn had a great impact on the divers in that they all raised their game and a GB diver was represented in every semi-final and final event, which culminated in two bronze medals.”
When the Olympics diving competition starts today, the Aquatic Centre will be up to full capacity, housing 17,000 spectators.
Of which Hage added: “I can only see this as a great motivation for our divers to do even better and achieve further medals.”
Guide to judging Olympic diving
* At the Olympic Games there will be seven judges for the individual diving events and 11 judges for the synchronised diving events.
* For the individual events with seven judges, each judge will immediately submit a score on a keypad after a dive is completed, ranging anywhere from 0-10 in half point steps.
The top two and bottom two scores will be eliminated, and the remaining three scores will be muliplied by the degree of difficulty of the dive to give a summary score for that dive, the more complex the dive, the higher the DD.
This summary score will be added to the other summary scores of the dives that are completed by that diver to give a final total score.
* For synchronised diving events with 11 judges, three judges will score the execution of the individual dive of one diver and three judges will score the execution of the individual dive of the other diver.
Five judges will be assigned to judge solely the synchronisity of the two divers, looking at, for example, similarity of height in the take offs, timing of the two divers through the flight of the dive, and similarity of angles of entry, distance of entries, and timing of entries.
The top and bottom scores of the three execution judges for one diver and the top and bottom scores of the three execution judges for the other diver will be eliminated, together with the top and bottom scores of the five synchro judges, leaving five scores remaining which will be multiplied by the degree of difficulty and a further formula applied to give a total summary score.
Fortunately, all these calculations are completed electronically.
* When judging individual events, a judge will be looking to judge the overall impression of a dive.
Evaluating  the starting position of the dive;  the approach or run, if not a standing dive;  the take off, looking for a dive to be bold, high and confident and from the end of the board;  the flight, looking for good pike, tuck or straight positions and for the dive to be at all times asthetically pleasing and to finish as high as possible before hitting the water;  the entry.
This area is where many points can be won or lost.
Judges will be looking for a near vertical entry with the body stretched and no twist, and to enter the water with minimal splash – this is called ‘ripped entry’.