A strong mix of youth and experience will make up the team of British divers heading to Rio’s test event next month, aiming to gain the remaining quota places for the Olympic Games this summer.
New faces on the world stage
The competition will see debuts on the senior world stage for youngsters Freddie Woodward, Georgia Ward, Katherine Torrance, Grace Reid and Lois Toulson, who all impressed with their performances at last weekend’s National Cup.
Woodward, who won gold in both individual springboard events, commented, “I’ve just had the best domestic competition of my career and to have earned a place on the team for the World Cup feels amazing.
I felt in the form of my life in Southend and a lot stronger than I have felt previously at competitions.
I felt in the form of my life in Southend and a lot stronger than I have felt previously at competitions. I wanted to demonstrate that I have improved and all my training and hard work has paid off. I am so proud that I did that and now I am able to represent Great Britain at this level.”
The big guns
World Championship medallists Tom Daley, Rebecca Gallantree, Jack Laugher and Chris Mears bring experience to the team, as they continue their preparations for Rio 2016.
After retaining her British title in the 3m Springboard in Southend last weekend, City of Leeds athlete Gallantree will now be hoping to secure a quota place for the Games for the 3m Synchro event, for which there are only four places remaining up grabs.
“There are only four places left and we have to make sure that we are in those places to ensure that we will have the spot during the Games,” said Gallantree of the tough challenge facing the duo. “There will be a big field at the competition and we are prepared for that with the experience that Alicia (Blagg) and I have.”
The team of 15
The full team for the FINA World Cup in Rio and further information can be found here.