Escaping the Olympic hype

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IT is always amusing for members of the public looking down on our training sessions and watching our facial expressions.

When your body is on its way, testing gravity to its maximum, watching our faces can be a funny sight – but there is a serious side to it all.

The past few months have been some of the most intense of my life as we start our road to next year’s London Olympics Games.

I qualified a place with Chris Mears in the 3m synchronished springboard event after finishing seventh at the World Championships in Shanghai in July and that was brilliant.

There is always a sense of excitement before getting in the water but at the start of this season, we all know the Olympics are just around the corner so that excitement is off the charts.

When we get in the water as a team, we are bubbly with loads of laughter and the music blaring out so we can keep the environment as relaxed as possible.

We can sometimes get through 50 dives per session and sometimes 100 skills which is a long session but at the end – whether it was easy or hard – it is beneficial for our training path to the Olympics.

I work hard on my body and I am really looking forward to getting out to Australia next month for some warm-weather training.

It never takes me long to get my top off if the weather is good and three and a half weeks in Sydney and Adelaide should definitely leave plenty of opportunity for that.

All the GB divers who secured their Olympic spots at the World Championships earlier this year are going out to Australia on December 1 so it will be a good laugh.

There are some good guys going out there and even though I am the granddaddy of the group going, at 24, we’ll have a good laugh.

It is a serious camp and will be important for me and my partner Chris Mears as we look to perfect a new dive we are working on, the front four a half somersault.

But it will also be a good time to get away from the UK because the Olympics hype is getting more and more massive.

Some of the team are starting to feel the pressure and so it will be good for us all to get away from it all and get some sun.

Kellogg’s has been supporting British Swimming for more than 15 years on a ‘grassroots to gold medals’ programme of swimming.

Visit www.kelloggs.co.uk/swimming for more information.