World Champs review: Nick Robinson-Baker’s Blog
5 August 2011
Former World Series champion and Team Kellogg’s athlete Nick Robinson-Baker provides his unique insight into the 2011 World Diving Championships from the British camp in Shanghai.
Before Shanghai, the British Gas GBR Diving Team had a two-week training camp in Xian.
Massages, sauna, Jacuzzi and some steam room time - what more could you want?
Flying out to China was so much fun because when you get on a plane as the GB team, everyone is looking at you and asking you questions. You meet loads of cool people on the flights and it’s nice to have new people learning about what we do and following us.
Our hotel in Xian – the Shangri La – is one of the most luxurious in the city. They have a Michelin star restaurant with foods from all over the world… so we headed straight to dinner when we arrived!
After a bit of food, we enjoyed an awesome night in the spa where we had massages, sauna, Jacuzzi and some steam room time. What more could you want?
On our first day of training in Xian we met up with the locals and got in to their training regime. There were hundreds of Chinese kids doing training as if they’d been doing it for years on end!
The pool in Xian was great and everybody got along really well. We have been building up a great relationship with all of the Chinese athletes as well which is lovely as in the future, they will want to come to England and train with us too.
Shanghai was crazy. So many people, loads of vibes and things to do.
The rest of the training camp was a great success with some amazing training time in great facilities and also some important time letting the body recuperate before travelling to Shanghai for the big World Champs.
We arrived in Shanghai and it was crazy! So many people, loads of vibes and things to do and loads of time to go and explore what Shanghai has to offer.
We went straight to the pool when we arrived even though it was dark because we wanted to feel the pool and see what the venue was like.
In to the first full day of training and was it lively or what? All of my friends from over the world were there training together on the same board. It’s a great time to catch up with your mates who you only get to see at international competitions.
I was a little nervous but not too much. Nervous enough to keep me on the edge.
After training, we all headed back to the hotel and went straight to the food hall before getting some chill out time in our own rooms. In mine, there was a lot of Bob Marley playing in the background as that’s my chillout music before a competition.
I was a little nervous before my event – the 3m Synchro – but not too much. I’d say just enough to keep me on the edge.
I knew I was prepared mentally and physically for the big day so I wasn't worried when I went to bed. It always takes me a while to get to sleep the night before a big event and Shanghai was no different but I woke up on the morning of the event and felt completely chilled out.
I strolled in to training after breakfast with Bob Marley playing in my ears and determined that I was there to show the world what I do best.
The event went well and Chris (Mears) and I finished seventh overall. I always get the same feeling when I get up on the boards at major championships; a feeling of honour to be performing for Great Britain on the world stage.
The next big one is definitely going to be the 2012 World Cup at the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Centre. I truly can’t wait and we want as much British support as possible so make sure you get your tickets guys! (tickets will be available here from the London 2012 official test event website)
It’s less than one year until the Games and it’s going to be the most amazing one year of my life.
See you all soon.