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Frank Dufficy

Frank Dufficy grew up in Stevenage and was educated at St Michael's School for Boys which amalgated with St Angela's to become the John Henry Newman School. Living not far from the Stevenage Swimming pool Frank was attracted to diving, spending hours spectating at the Beaumont Diving Academy. The coach Derek Beaumont was concerned that his apparent lack of immediate talent might lead to him injuring himself but such was his enthusiasm and persistence that he was eventually persuaded to allow Frank to join the squad. It was a good decision because success soon followed. Frank became British Champion at the 10 metre highboard in 1972 and 1973.
In 1972 he was chosen to represent Great Britain at the Munich Olympic Games. In 1974 he went to the European Championships and gained 6th place. In 1973 and 1975 he went to the World Championships. During an international meeting in Canada in the spring of 1974 for which he received a supporting grant from Stevenage Sports Council he had an invitation to go to the USA and Mexico for further competitions and following that an offer of a scholarship at a US University [1974/78]. Frank represented GB from 1969 until 1975.