Couch has high hopes for 2015

04 January 2015 / 10:48

British diver Tonia Couch admits confidence is sky high as she prepares to get stuck into the challenges ahead in 2015.

Twelve months ago, Couch saw her preparations for the year ahead disrupted when she dislocated her left knee, causing her to miss the start of the season.

But she bounced back in style, winning 10m individual bronze at the Diving World Series in Beijing in March before teaming up with partner Sarah Barrow to take 10m synchro silver for the London leg of the competition the following month.

Further success would follow in the summer with the pair, who won European 10m synchro gold in Eindhoven, claiming silver at the penultimate World Series leg in Windsor as well as the same colour at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 25-year-old has already appeared in two Olympics, making her debut at Beijing 2008 before finishing fifth in the 10m synchro alongside Barrow at London 2012.

The next competition for Couch on the road to Rio 2016 is the season-opening British Diving Championships from February 20-22, while before then comes a training camp in Rio de Janeiro.

And with the new season just around the corner, Couch admits things are looking good for the months ahead.

"I've got a strong feeling that 2015 is going to be a good year for me," she told the Plymouth Herald.

"I don't normally tempt fate as it's a long season and anything can happen, but I'm really looking forward to it – as I do every year.

"Last year I pushed on, both individually and at synchro with Sarah, and that level of consistency has given me a lot of confidence.

"Everything has gone well in training and I'm feeling fit, have had no injuries and so far as my dive programme is concerned, I've no worries there either.

"Perhaps I need to sharpen up as an individual athlete but I'm making progress there too.

"I believe mixing it with the best, whether in the World Series or Commonwealths, and being successful obviously helps you realise that.

"So, fingers crossed, my confidence is not misplaced, but my feeling is that I am in really good form and can't wait to put it to the test."

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