Comeback was tough - says Sheffield diver Monique

Monique Gladding with her Bronze medal in the Womens 10m Final during the British Gas Diving Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 9, 2012. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Monique Gladding with her Bronze medal in the Womens 10m Final during the British Gas Diving Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 9, 2012. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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SHEFFIELD-BASED diver Monique Gladding has urged people to ‘enjoy the small moments’ after cheating death to reach the Olympics.

The 31-year-old, who is originally from South Africa, has been chosen to represent Great Britain in the 10m platform event at London 2012 next month.

It completes a remarkable turnaround for the City of Sheffield Diving Club member who, in February 2011, knocked herself unconscious on the concrete platform she was diving from.

Monique plummeted to the bottom of the pool in Russia, before being rescued by teammates who had feared she was dead.

She returned to diving four weeks later, saying she ‘didn’t want to finish like that’.

However, in an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, she admitted her return to the water was tough.

She said: ““It was incredibly emotional.

“I have no memory of the accident, so I had to find out what happened in detail so I could learn from it.

“The accident taught me that life is short and that it is easy to forget about the small moments.

“My advice? Enjoy those small moments.”

n Read Monique’s interview in the August issue of Cosmopolitan, on sale on Thursday.