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Tonia Couch

Having finished 25th at both the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, Tonia Couch broke through as an international contender on her Olympic debut in 2008, finishing eighth in the 10m Platform in Beijing.

Tonia Couch Profile

Date of Birth 20th May 1989
Born Plymouth
Team/Club Plymouth Diving Club
Coach Andy Banks
She repeated the feat the following season at the 2009 World Championships in Rome and then again at her second Commonwealth Games in 2010 in Delhi.

The 2010 Commonwealths also saw the international formation of her fruitful 10m Synchro partnership with Sarah Barrow as the pair finished fourth.

Couch reached the World final again in 2011, finishing ninth in the 10m Platform, while she and Barrow were agonisingly shy of the podium as the finished fourth.

The duo shone in 2012, winning European gold at World Cup bronze before a fifth-place finish in front of a home crowd at the London 2012 Olympics.

Having reclaimed the British 10m Platform title at the beginning of 2013, Couch competed at her fifth consecutive World Championships in the summer, finishing ninth in the 10m Platform and fifth with Barrow in the 10m Synchro.

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Score Medal/Position
Olympic Games 10m Synchro 2012 321.72 5th
  10m Platform 2008 328.70 8th
  10m Synchro   303.43 8th
World Championships 10m Platform 2013 311.00 9th
  10m Synchro   309.72 5th
  10m Platform 2011 315.05 9th
  10m Synchro   314.52 4th
  10m Platform 2009 351.00 8th
  10m Platform 2007 249.25 25th
  10m Synchro   287.70 9th
  10m Platform 2005 208.05 25th
  10m Synchro   287.19 10th
European Championships 10m Platform 2013 300.10 5th
  10m Synchro   306.24 SILVER
  10m Synchro 2012 319.56 GOLD
  10m Platform 2006 299.50 6th
Commonwealth Games 10m Platform 2010 315.20 8th
  10m Synchro   319.68 4th
  10m Platform 2006 311.65 7th
  10m Synchro   290.46 7th
FINA World Cup 10m Synchro 2012 314.40 BRONZE
  10m Platform 2010 302.80 11th
  10m Synchro 2006 296.70 4th
World Junior Championships Platform (Group A) 2006 322.80 15th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Score Medal/Position
British Gas Diving Championships 10m Platform 2013 365.20 GOLD
  10m Synchro   327.66 GOLD
  Platform 2012 361.30 SILVER
  10m Synchro   327.18 GOLD
  Platform 2011 321.65 GOLD
  10m Synchro   317.22 GOLD
  Platform 2010 324.25 SILVER
  10m Synchro   307.32 GOLD
  Platform 2009 330.50 SILVER
  10m Synchro   285.90 SILVER
  Platform 2008 319.00 BRONZE
  10m Synchro   310.32 SILVER
  Platform 2007 298.50 SILVER
  10m Synchro   300.06 GOLD
British Gas National Cup Platform 2012 333.65 SILVER
  10m Synchro   313.14 GOLD
  Platform 2011 322.85 SILVER

In The Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Making the final in the Olympics and the World Championships.

Aspiration: Hopefully to beat my own record.

Training regime: I train six days a week, six hours a day. 9am-12.30 and 5.30-8.30pm (the hours are much better for divers than for swimmers!). I do 60% in the gym and 40% in the pool. I train with four others - Tom, Brooke, Louise and Billy.

When did you begin swimming: I began swimming when I was little but got into diving when I was ten. I was a gymnast but dislocated my elbow so decided to have a go at diving and have never looked back.

Who has been the greatest influence on you: My mum and Dad.

Out Of The Pool

Family members: My dad used to dive in his school championships. He's called Chris, my mum is called Sally and I have a sister called Holly.

Ultimate relaxation Hanging out with my friends, chilling, eating nice food and SHOPPING!

One thing you can’t live without: Shoes!

Tip for the top: To have fun and enjoy yourself. If you enjoy what you do you work hard!

Life after swimming: Not sure yet but definitely something in sport. Maybe a coach, dance teacher or fitness instructor.


Film: Superbad - I love comedy films!

Band/Music: R'n' B, Beyonce

Food: Chinese

Drink: Diet Coke

Sportsperson: Emilie Heymans

Last book read: Cheryl Cole's Autobiography


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