I was so happy and overwhelmed to be one of the top 10 shortlisted nominees for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award, I was also nominated last year but came 11th! I thought you’d like to hear about the amazing year I’ve had, which was made even better with this nomination.
I had a great start to the year, winning the winter national cup on 1m with a PB and a British record. I never expected to win this especially as I had just come back from injury.
Fracturing my wrist in September 2013 was awful and I didn't end up coming back fully diving until January but it's been an on-and-off injury throughout the whole of this year.
I went to both the Beijing and Dubai World Series in March, and had to have a cortisone injection in my wrist in Dubai, so I couldn't dive at that leg of the World Series.
Then in June at our summer nationals I couldn't compete in the synchro event because the pain in my wrist was just too bad, which really upset me. The following day I was determined to do my best in the 3m event, and was absolutely over the moon when I won, and with a PB!
It meant so much to me. The build up to that competition was just awful, my wrist and my head were in a bad place, but I knew I had to do well to make the World Cup, Commonwealths and European team. So I had fire in my belly, and it paid off. I have never been so happy and relieved. I've been wanting that title for such a long time, and I’ve finally got it!
The week after the nationals I had to have another cortisone injection and then 12 weeks ago I had another injection, and I have only recently been diving to my hands again! It's a long slow process but it's getting a lot better, I’ve missed a LOT of training but I always make up by doing lots of gym work and only going to my feet in the pool.
My exams this year were very difficult to balance, but I managed. I was training in the morning 8-10:30am. Then I would go to college from 12-4pm, and then the library 4-7/8pm to study for the exams.
This went on for a good three weeks. But I did my exams, training as much as I could because we had a busy summer coming up.
My exams went fast and none of them were too difficult. My last exam was the Friday of our summer nationals, so I had to miss the 1m competition to do my PE exam!
The Commonwealth Games was such a roller coaster, the best experience ever and one I will never forget.
Synchro was the first event, and all Rebecca [Gallantree] and I wanted to do was to do better than our last Commonwealths (Delhi 2010 we came 4th). So we were aiming for a medal.
As the competition went on, I had no idea what position we were in, that last dive I knew was important but not to the extreme it was! So we did it, came up from the water to screaming and shouting, I looked at the scoreboard and saw that 1st place. I couldn't believe it, it was the best moment of my life!
This year was also made special by my surprise 18th birthday present from my mum, a puppy we've name Arnold, I'm so lucky to have him and he makes me so happy!
My focus next year is maintaining no wrist pain, to ensure I can make it to as many competitions as possible. I need to do very well at winter nationals in February to try and qualify for the World Series that go from March to May, and then to try and qualify for world champs in July, and just do my best there.
I just need to continue working hard and dive to my best ability!