This year has seen 14-year-old Matthew Dixon take his first steps onto the International stage, competing at the European Junior Championships as well as representing England at the Commonwealth Games, before heading out to Russia to compete for GBR at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships.
In June the Plymouth diver became national champion in his favoured event, 10m Platform, winning his first senior national gold medal at the British Gas Diving Champs in Sheffield.
- Date of Birth: 19 April 2000
- Born: Plymouth
- Team/Club: Plymouth Diving Club
- Coach: Sally Freeman
In the Pool
Finest ever performance: British Gas National Cup 2014.
Role models: Tom Daley.
My aspirations are: To go to the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Training regime: Straight to diving after school to train 4.30-7.00. Plus before school on Tuesday at 7.30-8.45, and Wednesday 9.00-11.00. Saturdays I train 9.00-11.30. All sessions include dry land training. Sunday is day off!
Last thing before leaving changing room before a competition: Check I have my headphones and iPod.
Out of the Pool
Tip for the top: Always believe in your dreams.
Life after diving: To become a GBR diving coach.
Would most like to meet: Usain Bolt.
Ultimate relaxation: Watching TV, but if we had a hot tub that would be my ultimate relaxation.
Biggest influence on career: My coach, my family and the current GB divers.
Sports: Diving, gymnastics and football.
Band/music: Chart music.
Film: The Longest Yard
Food: BBQ chicken and ribs.
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends and family or watching TV.
First Diving Memory: Walking in seeing Tom (Daley), Tonia (Couch) and Brooke (Graddon) on the diving boards and hoping that I would be as good as them one day. Then having to walk up to the ten-metre board and look off thinking to myself ‘oh that's very high’.