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GB’s top divers confirmed for British Champs

14th January 2013

Great Britain’s top divers have confirmed their attendance at the first national competition of the new season.

The British Gas Diving Championships will take place from 8th – 10th February at Plymouth Diving Centre and 10 of the 12 divers who represented Team GB at the London 2012 will make their seasonal bow.

It’s been a while since I had a good hit out in the individual and I’ve got nothing to lose this year.

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley's only event of the competition will be on the final day in his favoured 10m Platform against Olympic silver medallist Peter Waterfield while European champions Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow will defend their 10m Synchro title in Plymouth.

Barrow has recently returned to Plymouth Diving Club to train with Couch under Andy Banks and she admitted she hopes the switch will pay dividends as they look to improve on their fourth place from the 2011 World Championships at this year's Worlds in Barcelona.

“It’s been really good since moving back down to Plymouth,” said Barrow.

“We started back in September and have obviously collected a few more divers since then as well.

“It’s a bit more relaxing now because Tonia and I are always diving together rather than before when we would meet up for a few days to work on dives and it would be quite stressful.”

In the absence of defending champion Stacie Powell, the women’s individual 10m Platform will see a new champion crowned.

And while 2011 champ Couch could be favourite to reclaim her title, Barrow insists she won't make it easy for her synchro partner.

“It’s been a while since I had a good hit out in the individual and I’ve got nothing to lose this year,” said Barrow.

“I’ve been working on my back three and a half which I did between 2008 and 2010 but haven’t really done since.

“Obviously my main competitor will be Tonia but I’ll just give it a go and see how it goes.”

Other events to whet the appetite in Plymouth include the battle between Chris Mears and Jack Laugher for the men’s individual springboard crowns and the challenge of Hannah Starling and Alicia Blagg to their City of Leeds teammate Rebecca Gallantree’s dominance in the women’s 3m.

  • CLICK HERE to read more about some of the top athletes competing in Plymouth.

Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “We are really pleased to be hosting this year’s championships and welcoming the UK’s top divers to the city.

We look forward to what promises to be an exciting competition and an impressive display of British diving talent.

The Plymouth Life Centre has only been open for nine and a half months but has already seen over a million visitors and won international acclaim for its swimming and diving facilities. We look forward to what promises to be an exciting competition and an impressive display of British diving talent.”

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