Triple Olympian Tonia Couch has ditched retirement plans and returned to training for the new season.
The 27-year old competed at her third Olympics in Rio 2016 this summer, finishing 12th in the 10m Platform and fifth alongside teenager Lois Toulson in the 10m Synchro.
The Plymouth diver had hinted before the Games that 2016 would be her last season as a competitive diver.
And while former synchro partner Sarah Barrow decided to call time on her career after Rio, Couch has vowed to stay in training – for another season at least.
Couch’s partnership with Toulson was beginning to bear fruit last season, with the English pair winning silver and two bronzes on the World Series.
Attention now turns to next year’s World Series, as well as the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
And Couch admits it has been tough returning to training after a two-month layoff.
“It's hard getting back into it because I've gotten so used to having time off and enjoying myself,” said Couch to the Plymouth Herald.
“But as soon as you start, maybe after a week, you've got over the worry of hurting from weights and diving it gets easier.
"Andy [Banks, coach] just keeps it fun. If I've got a miserable, serious coach I'm not going to want to come back.
"I came back in to do some weights and he was just loving the fact I was back.
“He gave me a hug and it's nice to come back into a great environment with all the young kids pleased to see me.
"If I walked in and nobody cared, why would I want to come back?"
While Couch may be continuing as a competitive diver for now, she has already completed her ASA Level 1 and Level 2 Diving Coaching qualifications.
And the Brit, who has competed at the past six World Championships, admits she needed the time off after such an intense build-up to the Olympics.
“You work so hard building up to this and as soon as you’ve done your last dive of the competition, everything just relaxes, gives way and hurts.
“The two months off have been amazing. I’ve seen my friends, my boyfriend, my family. It’s been great to have some proper time with my dog.
“I went to Pizza Hut for all you can eat and to just be normal.”