Oleksiy Sereda and Michelle Heimberg voted divers of the year in the 2023 European Aquatics Awards

Credit to: World Aquatics

Oleksiy Sereda and Michelle Heimberg have been voted the best male and female divers in the 2023 European Aquatics Awards.

In what is the fifteenth year since the first awards in 2008, the pair spearheaded a tremendous effort by European divers, which saw new medallists and champions crowned on both continental and world levels.

For the men, 18-year-old Sereda of Ukraine won in a year which saw him secure gold medals in both the Team and 10m Synchro events at the European Games/European Championships in Rzeszow, Poland, as well as a silver medal in the Men’s 10m Synchro at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka.

He took the lion’s share of the votes across all three categories, with the federations and public awarding him 44% and 41% respectively. This is an improvement on the 2022 awards, which saw him take second place behind Jack Laugher.

Great Britain’s Anthony Harding continued his impressive run of form in recent years to take second, with 15% of the federations’ vote and 23.2% of the public vote.

The 23-year-old continued his strong partnership with Laugher in the Men’s 3m Synchro event into the 2023 World Aquatics Championships as the pair claimed their second successive world silver.

Germany’s Moritz Wesemann was third with 17% and 12.3% of the federation and public votes respectively.

The 21-year-old burst on to the major international scene last year with a sensational gold medal in the Men’s 3m Springboard at the 2023 European Games/European Championships, before forming part of the German team which took bronze in the Team event at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships.

Credit to: European Aquatics

Heimberg’s journey to being crowned best female diver of the year included a maiden European title in the Women’s 1m Springboard, as well as a bronze medal in the 3m event.

The 23-year-old Swiss athlete also reached the final at the Fukuoka World Championships as she took 58% of the federation votes and 14.6% of the public votes to claim the award.

It was a close run-off for second place, but it was Great Britain’s Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix who took the runner-up spot, off the back of a year which saw her enjoy success at both individual and synchro levels.

The 19-year-old paired up with long-time synchro partner Lois Toulson to claim Women’s 10m Synchro silver in Fukuoka.

Spendolini-Sirieix won the public backing with 30.3% as well as 15% of the federations’ vote.

Rounding off the top three was Italy’s Chiara Pellacani, who enjoyed heaps of springboard success at a number of competitions throughout the year.

The 21-year-old took two European titles in the 3m Springboard and Mixed Synchro events in 2023, the latter with established partner Matteo Santoro, alongside two bronze medals at world level in Fukuoka.

Pellacani won 13% of the federations’ vote and 26.3% of the public support.