The British Olympic Association (BOA) have announced 10 English divers on the 11-strong Team GB diving squad for Rio 2016 this summer.
Of the 10 English divers, three will be making their Olympic debuts in Rio with Daniel Goodfellow, Lois Toulson and Freddie Woodward looking to make their mark on the international stage after some fantastic performances over the last 12 months.
This includes a silver for Goodfellow at the London 2016 European Championships with 10m synchro partner Tom Daley.
Daley and Tonia Couch will be competing at their third Olympic Games respectively while they will be joined by five other returning Olympians in the form of Rebecca Gallantree, Alicia Blagg, Sarah Barrow, Jack Laugher and Chris Mears.
“It’s really exciting to be able to say I am officially going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” said Couch, who won 10m silver at last month’s European Championships in London.
“This will be my third Olympics and I feel I have learned so much from both Beijing and London that I can use to my advantage in Rio.
“The pool is great and I loved competing there in February so can’t wait to go back. The Olympics makes everyone step up their game which will be exciting to see.”
Daley added: “To have the confirmation that I am going to my third Olympic Games is really exciting. Rio was amazing when we went in February and I can’t wait to go back and see what the pool will look like.
“I’ve really loved competing through the last two years and got really promising results at the World Championships and the European Championships. Working with Jane [Figueiredo, coach] has changed the way I dive and I really can’t wait to be in the Olympic environment again.
“The men’s 10m Platform and 10m Synchro will be tight fields with so many talented athletes and I’m going to do everything I can to ensure I’m at my best for my two events in Rio.”
The youngest member of the team is 16-year old Toulson while City of Leeds teammate Gallantree will turn 32 during the Games.
Divers from four English clubs – City of Leeds, Plymouth Diving, Dive London and City of Sheffield – have been included in the team, while the announcement brings the total number of English athletes selected for the Team GB aquatics squads to 28.
English divers in the Team GB diving squad for Rio 2016
- Sarah Barrow (Plymouth Diving) – 10m Platform
- Alicia Blagg (City of Leeds) – 3m Synchro
- Tonia Couch (Plymouth Diving) – 10m Platform and 10m Synchro
- Rebecca Gallantree (City of Leeds) – 3m Springboard and 3m Synchro
- Lois Toulson (City of Leeds) – 10m Synchro
- Tom Daley (Dive London) – 10m Platform and 10m Synchro
- Daniel Goodfellow (Plymouth Diving) – 10m Synchro
- Jack Laugher (City of Leeds) – 3m Springboard and 3m Synchro
- Chris Mears (City of Leeds) – 3m Synchro
- Freddie Woodward (City of Sheffield) – 3m Springboard