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Chris Mears

Chris Mears underlined his potential in 2008, winning the 1m and Platform titles at the British Elite Juniors then claiming three individual medals at the European Junior Championships.

Chris Mears Profile

Date of Birth 7th February 1993
Born Reading
Team/Club City of Leeds
Coach Adrian Hinchliffe / Edwin Jongejans
He recovered from life-saving surgery to remove a ruptured spleen in 2009 to win 3m Synchro gold with Nick Robinson-Baker at the 2010 British Gas Diving Championships then compete at his first major senior internationals, including a fourth place finish with Robinson-Baker at the Commonwealth Games.

In 2011, Mears defended his British title with Robinson-Baker but also landed his first individual honours with 1m Springboard silver and 3m Springboard bronze.

He also made his World Championship debut in 2011, finishing 14th in the 1m Springboard and seventh with Robinson-Baker in the 3m Synchro.

A third straight British 3m Synchro title saw Mears qualify for his Olympic debut at London 2012 where he finished fifth with Robinson-Baker in the 3m Synchro as well as reaching the final and finishing ninth in the 3m Springboard.

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Score Medal/Position
Olympic Games 3m Springboard 2012 439.75 9th
  3m Synchro   432.60 5th
World Championships 1m Springboard 2013 333.30 16th
  3m Springboard   348.15 31st
  3m Synchro   391.53 8th
  1m Springboard 2011 361.20 14th
  3m Springboard   371.10 30th
  3m Synchro   403.68 7th
World Cup 3m Springboard 2014 412.05 15th
  3m Synchro   411.81 5th
  3m Springboard 2012 413.55 16th
  3m Synchro   390.30 10th
  3m Springboard 2010 398.90 17th
European Championships 3m Springboard 2012 417.45 8th
  3m Synchro   390.84 5th
  1m Springboard 2010 267.70 28th
  3m Springboard   342.40 19th
  3m Synchro   398.37 5th
Commonwealth Games 1m Springboard 2014 396.20 4th
  3m Synchro   431.94 GOLD
  3m Synchro 2010 400.95 4th
World Junior Championships 1m Springboard 2008 374.85 15th
  3m Springboard   448.55 7th
European Junior Championships 1m Springboard 2008 403.45 SILVER
  3m Springboard   414.35 BRONZE
  10m Platform   408.40 BRONZE

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Score Medal/Position
British Gas Diving Championships 1m Springboard 2013 362.90 BRONZE
  3m Springboard   321.55 7th
  3m Springboard 2012 428.05 BRONZE
  3m Synchro   428.34 GOLD
  1m Springboard 2011 344.50 SILVER
  3m Springboard   413.85 BRONZE
  3m Synchro   398.22 GOLD
  1m Springboard 2010 329.90 5th
  3m Springboard   363.05 5th
  3m Synchro   383.07 GOLD
  1m Springboard 2008 265.40 4th
  3m Springboard   255.50 8th
  3m Synchro   320.55 SILVER
British Gas National Cup 1m Springboard 2012 366.95 SILVER
  3m Springboard   453.65 SILVER
  1m Springboard 2011 347.55 4th
  3m Springboard   415.95 BRONZE
  3m Synchro   382.62 GOLD
  1m Springboard 2010 290.70 5th
  3m Springboard   308.45 7th
  3m Synchro   350.07 GOLD

In the Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Finishing ninth in the World Cup prelim. It was my first World event and I dived really well under pressure.

Aspiration: To be part of the 2012 Olympic team  

Who has been greatest influence on you: My coach, Lindsay Fraser.

When did you begin diving: My Mum sent me to lessons run through the council because I used to jump around the house too much!

Out of the Pool

Other sports: Long jump and tennis

Ultimate relaxation: Eat a banana and listen to music

Tip for the top: Always listen to your coach.


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