Divers announced for World Cup challenge
6th February 2012
The British Gas GBR Diving Team has been named for the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup 2012 next month where divers will aim to gain quota places for Great Britain during the Olympic Games.
Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield will lead the British challenge at the six-day competition, which is part of the London Prepares series. The pair will compete in the 10m Synchro on the fourth day of competition where they will take on world leaders China and Germany.
The divers have already qualified four Olympic positions for the London 2012 Games and will be looking to seal places in London for the women’s 10m Platform (1), Men’s 3m Springboard (1) and the women’s 3m Springboard (2).
Olympian Stacie Powell and Monique Gladding will be competing for the quota place in the women’s 10m Platform and will need to gain a top 18 finish to gain Great Britain its Olympic spot.
Jack Laugher, who impressed to finish in the top eight at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, will compete alongside Chris Mears in the 3m Springboard. The young divers showed their world class potential at the British Gas National Cup in January with scores that would have seen them in amongst the world’s elite.
On his selection to compete in front of a home crowd Laugher said: “It’s really exciting to have the opportunity to compete at the World Cup and in front of the home crowd. The competitions in Delhi and Shanghai taught me a lot about dealing with pressure and taking on the world’s best.
“I have already qualified a place for Great Britain in the 3m for the Games and I am looking forward to focusing on my diving. The pressure will be off me slightly but I still want to do everything I can to get the best performance in London.”
The British Gas GBR Diving Team consists of:
Tom Daley – Plymouth Diving
Pete Waterfield – Southampton Diving
Max Brick – Southampton Diving
Rebecca Gallantree – City of Leeds
Alicia Blagg – City of Leeds
Hannah Starling – City of Leeds
Chris Mears – Southampton Diving
Jack Laugher – City of Leeds
Nick Robinson-Baker – City of Sheffield
Tonia Couch – Plymouth Diving
Sarah Barrow – City of Leeds
Stacie Powell – Southampton Diving
Monique Gladding – City of Sheffield