Hayley finishes outside the medals

PUBLISHED: 16:20 25 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:28 26 October 2009

Pix by Chris Whiteoak/SWpix.com......Commonwealth Games 2006, Melbourne, Australia, Diving, Day 1 Morning.......22/03/06

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England's Haley Sage (L) and Tandi Indergaard hold up their bronze medals won in the womens 3m springboard synchro final

Pix by Chris Whiteoak/SWpix.com......Commonwealth Games 2006, Melbourne, Australia, Diving, Day 1 Morning.......22/03/06 Picture Copyright >> Simon Wilkinson >> 07811267706 England's Haley Sage (L) and Tandi Indergaard hold up their bronze medals won in the womens 3m springboard synchro final

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A FORMER Welwyn Hatfield Borough Awards Sports Person of the Year finished fifth at the LEN European Diving Championships in Holland last week. WGC-born Hayley Sage, 21, who started diving with the Hatfield Swim Centre-based Beaumont Academy, was fifth in

A FORMER Welwyn Hatfield Borough Awards Sports Person of the Year finished fifth at the LEN European Diving Championships in Holland last week.

WGC-born Hayley Sage, 21, who started diving with the Hatfield Swim Centre-based Beaumont Academy, was fifth in the final of the women's 3m synchro with partner Tandi Gerrard in Eindhoven last Tuesday.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medallists were frustrated with their performance after securing GB a place in the Olympics following the World Cup event in Beijing in February.

Sage's diving partner Gerrard said: "It was a bit of a disappointment for us.

"We wanted to try to leapfrog some of the European teams who finished ahead of us in Beijing last month.

"We didn't manage to do that but we're keeping pace with them as we showed again tonight."

Speaking after the final she added: "It just didn't feel settled.

"Qualifying Britain for the Olympics last month left us a little flat but we need to pick ourselves up now as we look to the trials.

"We started well this morning and had hoped for better things tonight but it just didn't come together.

"We'll be working hard on that as we look towards the Olympics in Beijing."

The pair must first clinch their place in the GB team for this summer's sporting spectacular in China.

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