Katherine Torrance facing mixed emotions

Katherine Torrance admits she will be faced by a mixture of emotions when she competes in her first Commonwealth Games.

The City of Leeds diver has established herself as one of Britain’s best springboard divers in recent years.

Katherine Torrance
  • Date of Birth: 10/10/1998
  • Club: City of Leeds Diving Club
  • Coach: Adam Smallwood
  • CWG: Making debut at Gold Coast 2018.

She won the 1m, 3m and 3m Synchro clean sweep at the 2017 National Cup before adding the British 3m title in 2017 and the 1m and 3m Synchro crowns earlier this year.

And with her Commonwealth debut closing fast, Torrance admits she is hopeful of repeating her form when she competes on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The 19-year-old said: “I’m ecstatic to be going to the Gold Coast. It’s my first Commonwealth Games and I’m really excited to go out there and experience it all for the first time.

“I’ve been to the European Games in 2015 and that was my first multi-sport event. It was really exciting but this is probably going to be on a different level to that.

“Multi-sport events normally have the village which is a really different setting. Everyone’s together and it’s 100 times busier than just a diving event.

“I’m feeling confident and think I’ve got a chance. I’ve got mixed feelings, happy, scared, anxious – but it’ll be worth it.”

Outdoor challenge

Torrance said competing in an outdoor pool would be a different experience but she was looking forward to facing the challenge.

“I’ve only dived outside probably twice in my life,” said Torrance. “But you’ve just got to deal with it and go with it.

“When we get there we’ll start with more easy dives and build up. The more training the better. The more we can get used to the pool and the space around us it’ll make it a lot easier.”