City diver in good Nick for 2012 Olympics

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SHEFFIELD diver Nick Robinson-Baker has vowed to become a ‘jack of one trade’ this year as he looks to cement his spot at London’s 2012 Olympics.

The countdown to the event hits the 500 days to go mark next Tuesday and with that in mind Robinson-Baker, 23, has taken the plunge to concentrate solely on the synchronised event. In previous years Nick has dabbled with the individual 3m springboard as well as the synchro event but with the nitty gritty of London selection on the agenda a decision was needed.

As a result the Sheffield ace will concentrate solely on the synchro this year with July’s World Championships in Shanghai top of his agenda.

Robinson-Baker has already shown impressive form this year by claiming 3m synchro gold at Southend. And with the 2012 countdown ticking ever louder he is desperate to maintain that form throughout this campaign. “I spent last year doing some individual events as well as the synchro but I think with London in mind I just need to focus on one. “The Olympics are so close now and the synchro is my biggest chance at getting a medal so I need to focus on that.

“My success at the National Championships in Southend was pleasing because success at domestic level builds your confidence for the international events.”

Robinson-Baker had to team up with Chris Mears to claim 3m synchro gold in January with regular partner Ben Swain sidelined through injury.

Swain – Robinson-Baker’s training partner in Sheffield - is now back in training. However, with London 2012 around the corner, Robinson-Baker admits he needs to develop a selfish streak, whoever is on the board next to him. “I need to get myself there first and then the selectors will pick who they want with me.”

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