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.
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.