Selection moons so much to Monique

Delighted: Monique Gladding has been selected for the London Games
Delighted: Monique Gladding has been selected for the London Games
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SHEFFIELD-based diver Monique Gladding says she is “over the moon” to be selected for the British team at this summer’s Olympic Games in London.

Gladding, aged 30, who recovered from a career-threatening injury last February, was named in the team alongside fellow Sheffield diver Nick Robinson-Baker yesterday.

She said: “I am really over the moon to be part of Team GB. It is going to be such an honour to represent Great Britain at a home Olympics.

“Since the disappointment of not making the Beijing (2008) team I have had many ups and downs to get to this announcement.

“I was making real headway until February 2011 and then I had my accident which threw me yet another curve ball.

“It has taken a lot but I am now fully back, ready and excited to put on my Team GB tracksuit. I really can’t wait to be back on the boards in London competing in front of an amazing home crowd.

“It really is a dream come true.”

Games poster boy Tom Daley, who won gold at last weekend’s British Championships in Sheffield, also had his place confirmed in the team.

He said: “I am really excited to be part of Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics. To be able to say that I will be competing in front of that home crowd is amazing.

“I can’t wait to see the home crowd. There’ll be 17,500 people all behind us wanting us to do well.

“I can’t wait to hear the noise. A home Games is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”