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|
|Team/Club||Plymouth Diving Club|
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.
|Olympic Games||10m Synchro||2012||321.72||5th|
|World Championships||10m Platform||2013||311.00||9th|
|European Championships||10m Platform||2013||300.10||5th|
|Commonwealth Games||10m Platform||2010||315.20||8th|
|FINA World Cup||10m Synchro||2012||314.40||BRONZE|
|World Junior Championships||Platform (Group A)||2006||322.80||15th|
|British Gas Diving Championships||10m Platform||2013||365.20||GOLD|
|British Gas National Cup||Platform||2012||333.65||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
Drink: Diet Coke
Sportsperson: Emilie Heymans
Last book read: Cheryl Cole's Autobiography