Jan 30 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A DIVING expert who has helped to choreograph and produce the routines in the hit TV show Splash! is on a mission to bring diving to West Lancashire.
Carlos Ferra, 42, helps to produce the amazing routines that are showcased on TV every Saturday night but now he is keen to bring diving back to its grassroots.
Carlos started diving at the age of eight and slowly progressed through the sport following the Olympic pathway and becoming a diving judge and coach. He is now the regional diving manager for the North West.
Carlos was approached by the producers of Splash! to help them choreograph their show and to help coach the celebrities who appear on it.
Carlos said: “I was invited to help coach the celebrities and to come up with ideas for how to make the best show.
“Last series the focus was on the spectacle of Olympic diving, with Tom Daley wowing the crowds, this season we wanted to make it more realistic, so people can see just how much effort goes into diving, even though it seems so easy when Tom does it.”
Tom Daley’s Olympic success and Splash! have helped to bring diving into the spotlight and now Carlos is keen to capitalise on this and has set up diving initiatives in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale.
Carlos, who has lived in Ormskirk for the past nine years, said: “Many people think diving isn’t for them but if you can swim you can definitely dive.
“It’s a really fun sport and we can help people to overcome their fears, lots of people are amazed at what they can do, people just have to believe in themselves and put in the hard work and dedication.’’
Carlos added: “I truly believe if we encourage our young people we can find the Tom Daley of the North West and help diving to become a more mainstream sport.”
Carlos has set up a diving club at Nye Bevan Pool in Skelmersdale and is encouraging everyone to come along on a Saturday from 12pm until 2pm.
There are also plans to host a Splash! competition for West Lancashire schools in March, where pupils from all the Ormskirk and Skelmersdale schools will get a chance to try diving, before the ones who show most potential compete against each other to win the title.
Carlos said: “We’re going to do all we can to make diving more well known in the borough and we’re also going to take the kids to Manchester Aquatic centre once a month, so they can have a go on the high boards and see what an elite training centre is like and be inspired to succeed.”
For more information about the sport go online at: http://fun4diving.wix.com/