The support has been amazing and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who cheered me on both here and back at home in the good old UK!
Thanks to my sponsors for continually pushing me and supporting me. Apogee wrote a piece on the qualification which I have copied and pasted below and there are some great pics from the qualifying over on my photos page. BLAKE
“I owe my sponsors, Apogee Corporation, a massive thank you for their on-going support through the ups and downs during the transistion from Olympic diving to the Red Bull Cliff Diving. Without them all this sucess would not have been possible. I have a fantastic support network around me within the company and their success as a company drives me forward in the right direction every day.”
Despite the unusually cold and wet summer weather, Blake completed an impressive first heat showcasing a reverse double somersault with four twists dive – a dive he had impressively only learnt the day before. Blake finished the first heat at the top spot followed closely by American David Colturi.
The 15 cliff divers taking part in the event completed a total of eight dives from the 27.5 meter high platform in front of a crowd of 4,000 die hard fans,
battling for the right to compete in the most prestigious competition in the sport. The qualifiers finished on Saturday 4th Feb with four of the world’s best emerging victorious as full-time participants in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series – we are delighted that Blake was part of the successful team of four.
David Colturi – the American whose World Series debut was as a wildcard in Boston in August 2011 – finished top just ahead of Great Britain Olympian Blake Aldridge, and 2011 rookies Steven LoBue (USA) and Jorge Ferzuli (MEX). All four made the cut for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series thanks to their sterling efforts and hard work.
Apogee Corporation have long since sponsored Blake Aldridge and are over the moon with the result. What we admire about Blake is his focus, determination and strength of character that we believe continually drive him toward reaching his goals – ethics that can also be found deep within our own business culture. We are all looking forward to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competitions in the coming months.