Plymouth divers named in Great Britain squad for Kazan World Championships

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow

PLYMOUTH divers Tonia Couch, Sarah Barrow and Tom Daley have, as expected, been named in Great Britain’s team for the forthcoming World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Great Britain have selected nine divers to try and qualify quota places at next year’s Olympic Games.

In order to secure spots at Rio in the three-metre and platform competitions, British divers need to reach the final of those respective events in Kazan.

Couch and Barrow will go into the event high on confidence after impressing as a synchro pair at the World Series, while Couch also finished as individual platform champion.

Couch, who has good memories of competing in Kazan earlier this year, said: “I’m really excited to be off to my sixth World Championships.

“It’s our last major competition ahead of Rio and I have been making sure that everything is going right in training.

“I have been working really hard leading up to Kazan and I hope that it pays off because I’ve had a great year so far including winning the overall title of the FINA World Series.

“To get that Olympic quota place is what we are all thinking about and I want to do that so the pressure is off coming into the Olympic year and the World Cup.”

 Daley, who won the World Championship title in 2009 as a 15-year-old, claimed six medals at the World Series, including individual platform gold in London.

He said: “Competing at the World Championships a year out from Rio is a key moment for all the British divers.

“We’ll be looking to grab those Olympic spots for Great Britain, that’s our main aim at this competition.”

He added: “I love competing and I love facing up to the best in the world.”

Meanwhile, teenager Plymouth diver Victoria Vincent will make her long-awaited international comeback this weekend when she competes at the European Junior Championships in Moscow.

It will be Vincent’s first major event since last year’s Commonwealth Games due to an eye operation to repair a detached retina.


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