London 2012

Tonia Couch

Tonia Couch began swimming when she a young child but got into diving when she was aged ten. She was initially a gymnast but due to a dislocated elbow, she decided to have a go at diving.

This was in 1999. In May 2000, just eight months into her diving career, she won silver in the age 10-11 girls' 1m and 5m events at the National Age Group Championships in Southampton.

Fascinating Facts

  • Tonia's favourite film is Superbad.
  • Her favourite food is Chinese.
  • Her favourite sportsperson is Emilie Heymans.

Couch became the youngest girl ever to qualify for the lottery funded Junior Olympic Programme in February 2002, as she took bronze in the junior girl's platform event at the British Championships.

It was in 2008 and 2009, with her eighth places at the Olympics and then the World Championships (the best result by a British female for twenty years) that she secured her place in diving history.

The British hopeful broke more records with partner Sarah Barrow in the 10m Synchro in 2012. They became Britain's first World Cup medallists in history with a bronze medal before sealing GB's first female European title for 74 years with gold in Eindhoven.