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Sarah Barrow blogs ahead of the Diving World Series

22 April 2014

Sarah Barrow is one of Great Britain’s most succesful female platform divers of all time, having won European gold and World Cup bronze for 10m Synchro in 2012. In this blog, she discusses the last month of training with 10m Synchro partner Tonia Couch as the pair prepare for the London leg of the 2014 FINA/NVC Diving World Series.

Three days to go until the third leg of the World Series in London! It's been four weeks since Tonia and I got back from Dubai, four extra weeks of training and it's been going well.

We have improved on our synchro timing since coming back and we have worked closely with our coaches Andy and Marc along with playback cameras and dry land training.

That was one thing that we picked up and needed to improve on. With Tonia having a knee injury there was not enough time to work on synchro timing before we left for the first two legs of the World Series, leaving us less confident then we would normally be going into competition.

It is going to be so good to walk into the Olympic pool again, although it does feel like a pressure pool with the World Cup and Olympics being there in 2012 and now this year's World Series - only the three major events in the diving calendar!

[[widget2]]It will have a different feel with the additional seating removed and the pool being dressed differently, plus a slightly smaller crowd.

Family and friends are coming to watch, which is really nice and we have both had tweets from people who have bought tickets and are excited about coming to support the GB team.

Having support really helps in diving, sometimes we go away and you can hear a pin drop in the pool and then I feel quite alone.

The World Cup in London was the loudest I have heard a crowd cheer for us. It was incredible when we scored enough points on our last dive to win bronze. It made the moment so much more memorable.

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