“I’m still learning it all really! I don’t know exactly how the change is supposed to happen, but for me, it’s been quite smooth so far. I’ve got rid of some required dives and added an extra optional dive to my list, increasing from a Front 3 1/2 Somersaults Pike to a Front 4 1/2 Somersaults Tuck, which has been my main goal this year. I’ll be competing that dive this weekend at the Futures Cup for the first time, and then at the British Championships in a couple of weeks as well.
“I am really looking forward to competing against everyone at the Futures Cup, and to find out my ranking and things like that. I’ve not had an opportunity to do that since about 2018, which was the last World Junior Championships.
“But I am also really looking forward to seeing all my friends from the different countries too. As you go to internationals, you make friends from different countries and you stay in contact, so when you meet again, it’s like, ‘hey, how are you doing?!’ It’s a lot of fun.”
As well as competing individually off the 10m platform, Cutmore is teaming up with Dive London training partner Kyle Kothari in a new synchro combo this weekend.
So what is Ben hoping for from his Futures Cup debut?
“The Futures Cup is almost going to be like a practice competition for the British Diving Championships that are coming up at the end of the month, because I’ve only recently learned the new dive this year, around March, so it’s very new,” he adds.
“This will be my first time competing it, so learning how to do that under competition pressure is one of the main focuses for this event – plus also trying to maintain consistency across the rest of my dives.”
Every dive from the inaugural Futures Cup will be streamed live on the British Swimming YouTube channel here.