Kirkland’s Vallée medals twice and earns National Champion mantle

“I was really happy and really surprised to win,” said Mia Vallée. “I didn’t think I dove that well, but when I came out of the water my coach was like ‘Hey, you are a national champion’.”

Not only was there a silver lining for Kirkland’s Mia Vallée as there was a golden moment for the CAMO diver at the 2019 Speedo Summer Senior Nationals held in Windsor Ontario at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre. Vallée opened with a silver medal performance on the three-metre board and closed out her meet with a gold on the one-metre , making her a national champion at the senior level. “I was really happy and really surprised to win,” said Mia Vallée. “I didn’t think I dove that well, but when I came out of the water my coach was like ‘Hey, you are a national champion’.” In the 3m event, it was a CAMO sweep as Pamela Ware took the gold with 348.80 points while Vallée was in second with 30.50 points; the duo had finished 1-2 in the preliminaries as well. Third place went to Olivia Chamandy, who finished seventh in the prelims and worked her way to the bronze spot on the podium. For Vallée’s golden day on the 1m board, the recent recipient of a $4,000 La Capitale bursary for academic excellence placed second. Moving into the finals, Vallé was able to renew her mindset and elevate her diving. “I was really consistent from prelims to finals, but I think I was a lot stronger on my entries and just tighter in general during the final and that is what made the difference,” said Vallée. A score of 257.10 placed Vallée on the top of the podium with Éloïse Bélanger of CAMO winning silver with a score of 254.15. Vallée relies on her strength and flexibility to perform quality dives, what she wants to work on is to apply corrections to her dives at a quicker pace. Looking down the road, Vallée is aiming for the Junior Pan-Am Championships and a spot in the National program. In turn, that would lead to competing in Grand Prix events in 2020 and a shot at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

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