Richard O’Malley advances to cannonball event



Kristen Thomson/For Metro Vancouver


Matt (The Human Slinky) Phinney performs his best tuck at the Trident Splash cannonball championship regional qualifier at the University of B.C. yesterday.

It was all tuck and splash at the University of British Columbia yesterday as competitors vying for a spot at national cannonball championships in Toronto went head-to-head in the city’s first-ever regional splash-off.

Seven hopefuls hurled themselves off the UBC aquatic centre’s five-metre platform in front of a panel of three judges. They were assessed on flare, style, splash, overall impression and integrity of the tuck.

Richard O’Malley’s third and final jump earned him perfect 10s across the board and one of 10 spots at the Trident Splash national championships Aug. 15.

This is the first year Vancouver has sent a contestant to the nationals.

“(The city) will be well-represented in Toronto,” said Stephanie Minna, manager of corporate communications for Trident Splash. “What better way to celebrate summer and the warm weather and a great Canadian pastime?”

O’Malley will compete against contestants from Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, and three finalists from the online video contest. The winner will swim away with $2,000 and the title of Canuck with the best tuck.