Stars confirmed for British Gas Diving Championships 2012

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15th May 2012

Britain’s big guns including Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield have confirmed their participation at June’s British Gas Diving Championships from 8 – 10 June.

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As the last chance to impress before nomination to Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games, competition will be fierce with Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth medallists all in the mix.

Commonwealth champion and 2009 world champion Daley (Plymouth) and 2004 Olympic silver medallist Waterfield (Southampton) are the star names in the 10m Platform and will combine for the 10m Synchro.

World Championship finalist Jack Laugher (Leeds) will look to defend his 3m Springboard title with Chris Mears (Southampton) and Oliver Dingley (Leeds) providing two of the threats to his crown.

Meanwhile, Mears will team up with Nick Robinson-Baker (Sheffield) for the 3m Synchro with four other pairs challenging for the title.

The women’s 10m Platform looks set to be one of the most open of the competition with seven of the 10 contenders having senior international experience under their belts.

World and Olympic finalist Tonia Couch (Plymouth) will defend her title but Jenny Cowen (Leeds), Brooke Graddon (Plymouth), Sarah Barrow (Leeds), Stacie Powell (Southampton), Monique Gladding (Sheffield) and Megan Sylvester (Sheffield) all have genuine podium chances.

World Cup bronze medallist Couch and Barrow will combine for the 10m Synchro with Robyn Birch and Georgia Ward (both Crystal Palace) the only challengers.

Rebecca Gallantree (Leeds) will aim for a fourth consecutive gold in the 3m Springboard and combine with Alicia Blagg (Leeds) in the 3m Synchro.

Hannah Starling (Leeds) could provide the main opposition in the individual while Grace Reid (Edinburgh) and Jodie McGroarty (Sheffield) will be snapping at their heels in pursuit of a podium place.


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