While this year’s overall Diving World Series title might be a nice accolade to have next to her name, Tonia Couch admits it is the confidence that comes with such success which is the biggest bonus going into the 2015 World Championships.
The Plymouth diver pocketed a sizeable cheque after finishing top of the women’s 10m platform rankings at the culmination of the six-leg World Series.
Four individual bronze medals arrived in Dubai, Kazan, London and then Merida last month, with the latter seeing her pip Canada’s Roseline Filion to the title by six points.
It is quite an improvement for the 26-year-old who finished fifth in the individual Series last year, and puts her firmly in the frame as one to watch when the World Championships take place in Kazan between July 24 and August 2.
But with the possibility of a first-ever individual World medal in Russia, Couch knows it could prove to be a memorable 2015.
“If you’d have said I would win four bronze medals and won the overall title I probably would have laughed at you,” she said.
“I can’t really put my finger on why it went so well this season. When you are diving well, that breeds confidence. You get on a bit of a roll.
“It gives me confidence going into the Worlds. You are going to get nervous, but my performances give me hope that I can make the finals and then see what happens.
“As with diving, so much of it depends on what happens on the day, and everything coming off. But if I put it all together, there’s no reason why not. It would be incredible to medal at the Worlds."
Despite her success at individual level, Couch is keen to stress her continuing dedication to the synchro discipline alongside partner Sarah Barrow.
The two finished fourth overall, with two bronze medals and a silver, although Barrow had to contend with a troublesome leg injury throughout.
And with the countdown to Rio firmly on, Couch is adamant the main focus will be on tasting success with her close friend.
“Synchro is definitely still the main focus. It’s the most realistic chance to getting a medal,” she added.
“I’m not saying it’s easier but it’s easier to get a medal in. Sarah and I have been working hard for a while, and it’s coming together.
“There is definitely room for improvement such as the finishing of some of my dives.
“I’ve just got to take my momentum on into the World Championships. I can’t believe how quickly the Olympics has come round and how we will be trying to qualify a spot for Rio at the World Championships.”
© Sportsbeat 2015