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Teenage diver Lobb ready to make a splash at AYOF

January 15, 2013 16:42 pm

Shanice Lobb is determined to prove there is more than just one talented teenage diver from Plymouth this week.

Lobb is part of the British team at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney and is hoping to match the achievements of Tom Daley at the London 2012 Olympics and claim a podium position.

It's just six years since Daley competed at the same event and Lobb, returning to Australia after her encouraging eighth place at last year's World Junior Championships in Adelaide, is upbeat about her chances.

“2012 was a really good year for me," said Lobb, 14, who also won a bronze at last year's European Junior Championships.

“Competing out in Australia was amazing and I can’t wait to get back and try to improve on how I did at the worlds.

“Obviously my aim is to get among the medals but I have never done a multi-sports competition like this, so I also want to learn as much as I can.

“It is going to be a great experience and getting selected for an Olympic-style competition gets you thinking about the future. It makes you want to work hard and I am determined to go to Rio now.”

Lobb isn’t the only Plymouth Diving Club member looking to make a splash at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, with 16-year-old Francesca Del Celo also part of the team.

“Competition-wise 2012 has been a really good year for the whole GB junior squad, it was a really positive season,” said Del Celo, who attends Plymouth College, the school that also produced Olympic 100m breaststroke gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte.

“The Olympics was really inspiring, it's given us younger ones a real push on and this event has been a great thing to aim for."

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