Diving Pirate

A brief history of springboard diving.

All springboard diving events have their origin in the days of piracy. When lollygaggers were made to walk the plank there was an unspoken rule that if they made their walk and tumble from the plank sufficiently interesting then the Pirate Captain would spare them. After a while it was a pike here and a twist there and a somersault  off the end of plank.

After a while the pirates stopped fighting and agreed to settle their disputes by seeing who had the best “planker” as it was called in those days.

Tomorrow the history of the Pole Vault

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