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Peter Waterfield’s National Cup build-up

24 January 2011

In this update, Olympic silver medallist Peter Waterfield continues his preparation with world champion Tom Daley ahead of their 10m Sycnrho debut at the British Gas National Cup in Southend.

It’s been a pretty good week.

We practised our harder divers which we'll use in Southend and hopefully the rest of the year.

I went to work as normal on Monday and Tuesday and did some sports with the kids at my two schools. One school came diving with me last week so we went over that and everybody’s doing really well at the moment.

Tom came down on Wednesday and we had a full day’s training together. We got in a started with the easier, required divers and then a few build-up dives.

Then we did some work in the gym on timing – that’s the main place you work on your timing. You can practice somersaults on to crash mats off wooden blocks.

In the afternoon we did our harder dives which we will be using in Southend and hopefully for the rest of the year.

These are:

Backwards 3 1/2 Somersaults Tucked
Reverse 3 1/2 Somersaults Tucked
Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults Tucked
Backwards 2 1/2 Somersaults, 2 1/2 Twists Piked.

It was the first time we’ve done the whole list together and I feel like it went really well. The back and reverse went really well. The forward 4 1/2 was okay – obviously it’s the hardest dive in the world so it wasn’t as good as the others straight away!

But we know that’s going to take time. We’ve got to get used to doing it on our own as well as together and in competitions.

The twister went well so all in all, it was a good day and a good starting block for us.

Thursday was just a normal day’s training then on Friday I had a film crew come down from BBC London and they filmed a couple of dives and some footage in the pool and gym.

Obviously the story about Tom and I competing together in Southend is in the news so they came down to see what I do and were asking questions about Tom and me.

All I want to do is have fun, compete and hopefully come away with a few medals.

One of the questions they were asking was how I feel about not being noticed as much as him but I’m not under any illusions. At the end of the day, he’s achieved a lot at a very young age and that’s just the way it is.

I don’t really think of it like that – I feel lucky to be doing something I enjoy every day. All I want to do now is have fun, compete, and hopefully get a few medals out of it

I’ve started using Twitter again this week which has been good (click here to follow Peter on Twitter). I think I set up the account at the 2009 World Championships just when I was bored in the hotel room.

I didn’t really get it then but I thought I’d give it another go and I really like it. I’ve been getting support from everybody and people have been asking me questions – even divers asking questions about their technique.

I asked Tom to tweet me as well and my followers went up by a few hundred in a couple of days!

I’ve got a bit of a taper now before Southend. I had the weekend off which was nice and gave me the chance to do some guttering and get to grips with my new watch from my sponsors 3H Italia UK.

I’ll do some light weights early this week but I’ll be working on speed more than power. I’ll have training on Wednesday and then a massage before heading down to Southend on Thursday.


For more information on Peter Waterfield, click here to view his profile or see his website www.peterwaterfield.com

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