Sheffield diver Annabel, 7, is tipped to make a splasg

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While celebrating the thrills of an Olympic and Paralympic summer, Sheffield Diving has been hard at work looking for the next generation of Olympians.

One of the new discoveries is seven-year old Annabel Cooke from Dobcroft Junior School who took part in the Start Diving programme this summer.

Start Diving, developed by the ASA, offers taster diving sessions to school children.

It also acts as a talent identification (TID), a process that captured several of the current GB Olympic divers and enabled them to discover their aptitude for the sport.

Diving results in Rio show the success of the TID strategy.

Annabel enjoyed the Start Diving experience and impressed the coaches so much that she was invited to have a trial for the new TID Sheffield Diving squad.

She now trains alongside older sister Chloe.

But the family link does not end there. Annabel and Chloe are the daughters of Olympic diver Jane Cooke (nee Smith), also a double bronze medallist at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Since Chloe and Annabel started diving, Jane has been inspired to return to the boards and now brings her elegant style to the Sheffield Diving Masters squad.

Jane said: “I am really pleased to see both my children enjoy a sport that gave me so many opportunities and wonderful experiences.

“Without the talent testing programmes, diving wouldn’t have found some of our current top athletes.”