Two-time Olympian Robinson-Baker retires from diving

09 September 2014 / 17:23

Nick Robinson-Baker admits he hopes to remain in diving in some capacity despite calling time on his professional career.

Robinson-Baker represented Great Britain at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, finishing fifth at London 2012 alongside Chris Mears in the 3m synchronised springboard event.

The 27-year-old also has three World Championship appearances on his CV and earlier this summer came away from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with a bronze medal in the 3m synchro, this time alongside Freddie Woodward.

And while he insists the time is right to hang up his trunks, Robinson-Baker believes his connection with diving is far from over.

“After 21 years of diving and 13 of those competing for Great Britain I have decided to hang up my trunks,” Robinson-Baker said.

“The highlights of my career were definitely becoming the World Series champion, placing fifth in the Olympic final in London in front of a home crowd and to top it off becoming Commonwealth bronze medallist.

“Competing for my country at the highest level was a real honour. It's the end of an era but I am very excited about what my future holds.

“I will always have a passion for the sport of diving and really hope to stay involved in some way.

“Thanks to all my friends and family for supporting me through everything over the years and to all of the support staff as well, you know who you are.

“A special thanks to my mum Pauline for making sure I stuck at it no matter what and of course my coach from 2008-2012 Steve Gladding for getting me to London 2012 and helping me produce such an amazing result. It really is something I will never forget.

“Finally a huge thanks to Freddie Woodward for being a truly dedicated synchro partner for the last 9 months and showing he has what it takes to be a champ. Also to my coach Tom Owens who was just exactly what I needed him to be for the last year of my diving career.”

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