Fresh start as Monique quits

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SHEFFIELD-based diver Monique Gladding is looking to the future after confirming her retirement last night.

The 31-year-old has decided to call it a day, having competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games where she narrowly missed out on the semi-finals of the 10-metre platform competition.

She posted on Twitter: “After taking some time to reflect and think, the time has come to officially announce my retirement from diving.

“Twelve years ago, I boarded the plane from South Africa, waved my family and friends goodbye, a tear in my eye, hope in my heart and a dream of being an Olympian.

“I had no idea of the path that I was about to go on. Diving has brought me some of my greatest joy and my deepest sadness. I look forward to new beginnings.”