‘Warrior’ backed by Nick

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NICK Robinson-Baker will be watching Monique Gladding’s progress at this weekend’s National Championships at Ponds Forge.

The event also acts as the Olympic trials and is the final chance for Gladding, 30, to secure her spot at the Games.

Robinson-Baker who along with his three-metre synchro partner Chris Mears is virtually assured of his place in London next month, will be competing today but will be staying on to cheer fellow Sheffield diver Gladding tomorrow. He said: “I want to put on a bit of an exhibition and show people why we’re the Olympic team and then cheer Monique on.

“She’s had such a hard time but she’s fighting for her spot and she’s a warrior.”

Gladding suffered a horrific accident competing in Russia 16 months ago. She attempted an inward three and a half somersault but hit the concrete board and was knocked unconscious. It was Robinson-Baker that dived in along with Gladding’s husband and coach, Steve, to save her.