Aquatics / Olympics

Plymouth diving stars head to Australia for training camp

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow

PLYMOUTH’S international diving stars have flown out to Australia with other members of the Great Britain team for an Olympic training camp.

Tonia Couch, Sarah Barrow, Dan Goodfellow and Tom Daley will all spend the next couple of weeks on the Gold Coast.

The quartet also spent three weeks in October training in Florida.

The camps are all part of Great Britain’s preparations for next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, where diving will take place outdoors.

Diving outside is completely different to competing inside and the British team need to practice as much as they can in varying weather and light conditions, including at night time, which is when the finals will be held in Rio.

The British diving team have a massive year coming up. In February they have the FINA World Cup in Rio, which is doubling up as Olympic qualification for those individuals and teams that did not achieve it as the World Championships in Kazan.

Then in May, London will host the European Aquatic Championships before the Olympics in August. There will also be national championships, Olympic trials and the FINA World Series to fit in.

Goodfellow, 19, is back in the Olympic mix after two years out of competition due to injury. He has been synchro training with Daley.


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