Top Sheffield diver retires

Nick Robinson-Baker at the British Gas Swim Britain event at Ponds Forge
Nick Robinson-Baker at the British Gas Swim Britain event at Ponds Forge
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For Nick Robinson-Baker, competing at the 2012 London Olympics will always remain the pinnacle of his career.

The Sheffield-based diver was reflecting on his achievements in the sport after announcing his retirement.

He has taken part in numerous championships across the world and earlier this year he won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, alongside Sheffield’s Freddie Woodward.

However, the 27-year-old still ranks his fifth-place finish in the 3m synchro event in London as the highlight, given that he was competing in not only the Olympic Games but also his home city.

He told Grass Roots: “After 21 years of diving, and 13 of those with GB, I decided now was the right time.

“After such a high of winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games I came to the conclusion that the best option was to call it a day.

“It was a fairly easy decision to make and certainly winning the bronze in Glasgow made it easier.

“The tough bit is leaving the day-to-day training schedule behind but I certainly intent to have the odd lie-in from now on!

“Competing in London was as good as it gets and nothing will ever beat that feeling.

“Only a small percentage of people get the chance to compete in the Olympic Games.

“I’ve had a great career, but to dive in my home city of London and finish fifth - that smashes everything else to bits.”

Despite saying farewell to competing in diving, Robinson-Baker intends to stay involved with the City of Sheffield Diving Club in a coaching capacity. He is set to move back to London to focus on his new career of motivational speaking and personal training but he insists his affinity to the sport will always be there.

He added: “I’m definitely going to keep coming back to Sheffield. I want to keep in touch with the club.

“A lifetime of hard work has gone into my sport over the years and I have had the most amazing time ever.

“I think that I have a lot to offer to the sport, as both a mentor and role model so I want to give something back.”