Meet The Team - Chris Mears
Get to know Chris Mears. Read his tweets, view images, watch videos of him in action and being interviewed, check how his Olympic rivals compare and much more.
Synchronised 3m Springboard on 1 August
3m Springboard on 6 & 7 August
Did you know?
- Chris got in to diving as his mum sent him to lessons because he jumped around the house too much!
- At the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney Chris became extremely ill with a ruptured spleen. He was given a 5% chance of survival and had emergency surgery to remove his spleen. Against all odds and a relapse Chris survived and went back to diving that summer.
- His father, Paul, was nominated by the British Olympic Association to carry the Olympic Torch during the 70-day relay this summer in recognition the time spent at his son’s bedside during his severe illness in 2009.
Chris enjoyed a promising junior career, winning a silver and two bronzes at the 2008 European Junior Championships. After recovering from a ruptured spleen in 2009, he made his Commonwealth debut in 2010, finishing fourth with Nick Robinson-Baker in the 3m Synchro. After improving in the individual events, Chris competed at his first World Championships in 2011 and finished 14th in the 1m Springboard and 30th in the 3m Springboard, as well as seventh with Nick in the 3m Synchro. Further improvement came in 2012 as Chris and Nick won silver at the fourth leg of the World Series in Mexico before Chris achieved a career best finish of eighth in the 3m Springboard at the European Championships in Eindhoven.