Diving star and spare time footballer Clare Cryan swaps Sheffield mud for the Caribbean

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All-round sportswoman Clare Cryan had a tough choice over what to do this winter.

The international diver and diving coach at Ponds Forge could stay home in Sheffield and carry on playing centre forward for women’s football team Socrates in her spare time - or spend nine months cruising the Caribbean!

City of Sheffield Diving Club's Clare Cryan  and Ross Haslam in the Synchro Final at  the British Gas Diving Championshipsin  Plymouth last year.  Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

City of Sheffield Diving Club's Clare Cryan and Ross Haslam in the Synchro Final at the British Gas Diving Championshipsin Plymouth last year. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Not surprisingly the Sheffield Hallamshire University graduate resisted the temptation to slug away in the rain and mud of South Yorkshire and flew out this week to take up the chance of a lifetime on the cruising option.

It’s not a holiday. For the 22-year-old Scottish champion and British Championship silver medallist will be part of the ‘cast’ of a diving variety show on a luxury cruise ship, calling at ports including Haiti, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. First stop after landing was a 10-day training course in Florida: “It’s a great opportunity,” said Clare, a former SIlverdale School student. “I applied online when a friend drew my attention to the ad.

“Actually, I’ll miss playing football but it’s probably best to have the season off.”

She badly injured her ankle in the last match of last season - at Worksop Town in May.

“It’s taken a long time to heal and although it’s not quite right, I have been able to train for diving,” said Clare.

Clare is due back in July - just in time for the new football season!