NICK Robinson-Baker is hoping to get the in the winning groove today at the European Championships in Eindhoven.
The Sheffield-based three-metre springboard synchro diver is a legitimate medal contender later in the summer at the Olympic Games in London, but first he wants to beat the best the continent can offer alongside partner Chris Mears.
He said: “A European medal would be great. There’s still some good teams in the competition even though the likes of China, Canada and the USA aren’t competing.
“We’ll be one of the favourites along with Italy, France and Germany.
“It’s perfectly timed this Championship because it gives us plenty of time afterwards to have a break and then get ready for the Olympic trials in Sheffield and then the Games themselves.”
The 25-year-old, who moved to Sheffield from London aged 17, added: “We’re in good form at the moment and have been working hard on the type of dives that we need to pull off if we’re going to win a medal in London.”
Meanwhile, fellow Ponds Forge-based diver Monique Gladding says she will now turn her focus to qualifying for her first Olympics at next month’s trials in Sheffield.
She is well-placed to do so after a breakthrough year, which has also seen her reach the World Cup final in February before finishing fifth on Wednesday in Eindhoven.
“It’s good to be fifth in Europe and be that frustrated,” said Gladding, whose score of 300.70 was 11.95 points shy of the podium.
“I still know I can improve, maybe it’s all going to come right in London. Maybe today wasn’t the day.”