In 2009 Hannah Starling made her senior international debut at the age of just 13. The year that really brought her into the spotlight was 2011 when she won her first British Champs medal, upgraded her 3m Springboard European position to eighth and made her World Championship debut.
Starling went on to make the London 2012 Olympics 3m Springboard semi-finals, finishing in 13th place overall. The following year she finished fourth at the FINA Diving Series in Edinburgh, and won 3m Synchro bronze in the same event in London this year.
Also this year at her Commonwealth debut, the 19-year-old City of Leeds diver made the podium with bronze in the 3m Springboard.
Describe a typical day.
I wake up at either 7am or 8am and get ready for my first training session. The first session usually finishes at 11am so then I can go home for lunch or do some errands for the day. Then I have to be back at the pool at 3pm for another three-hour session in the pool. After that I go home for dinner and relax.
What is your first memory of diving?
I remember in my first ever diving session I conquered the 'hurdle step' on the springboard and I was so happy about it I made Edwin [Jongejans - coach] watch me!
What is your greatest diving achievement so far?
Finishing 7th in the World Championships in Barcelona 2013, and winning Commonwealth bronze at Glasgow 2014.
What is your best moment in diving?
I was stood on the board before my last dive in the London Olympic semi-final, little did I know I was just a few points from qualifying for the final. The crowd really wanted me to get through and they cheered for such a long time and were so loud that when the referee tried to quiet them, he couldn't. He looked at me and just shrugged his shoulders, there was nothing we could do but wait. I was so overwhelmed by the noise of the 17,500 people and their support for me, I could do nothing but smile. That will forever be the best minute of my life.
And your worst diving moment?
I don't really have one - all my diving memories come with a good vibe.
What was your first overseas or international event?
Senior European Arena Diving Championships in 2009 - I was only 13!
What are your sporting ambitions?
I want to change the sporting world to realise that sports should be about the fun and enjoyment and not all about results.
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
I have two older sisters.
Are they involved in diving or any other aquatic sports?
No they aren't.
Do they have any annoying habits?
Not that I can think of although they probably do!
Do you have any hobbies apart from diving?
I enjoy a good book - it is a nice way to escape the world.
What music, singers or bands do you like?
At the moment my favourite playlist is a mix of Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers, Alt-J and San Cisco.
What is your favourite TV programme?
Sherlock - just because of Benedict Cumberbatch.
What was the last film you saw?
The Amazing Spiderman 2 - it reduced me to tears.
What was the last book you read?
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer.
What are your favourite food and drink?
Brownies, brownies and more brownies! I love brownies. Brownies and smoothies, I think. Although I am also a fan of the simple Yorkshire Tea and toast.
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Austria or Switzerland. Actually, anywhere where there are mountains and lakes!
Do you come from a sporting family?
Not particularly - the rest of my family are very musical, although me and my sisters used to play tennis as kids.
What makes you so good at your sport?
I love it.
What is your star sign?
What was your favourite subject at school?
Design & Technology.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which three things would you most want (apart from a phone)?
A library, sun cream and food.
What would be your ideal job or career apart from diving?
I have been asking myself this everyday for the past year and I just do not have a clue!
If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you spent money on?
I'm rather sensible with money so I'd either put a deposit down on a house or pay off my parents' mortgage.
Do you have any pets?
Yes! I have a cat called Tiger. We found her abandoned back in 2001.
If you came back as an animal in a future life, what would you like to be?
I'd like to be a monkey - I like climbing on things and they live in places I have never visited so it would be a chance to see the rest of the world.
What is your ultimate relaxation?
Lying down, looking at whatever is above me and listening to music.
Any advice to young up-and-coming athletes?
Choose a sport because you love it, not just because you are good at it.
What’s the last thing you do before leaving the changing room when competing?
I have a drink of water and take off my headphones.