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Diving: GB secure Olympic places in 10m platform

February 21, 2012

Great Britain diver Monique Gladding helped Great Britain secure an Olympic place in the women’s 10m platform event, in her first major international since an accident last year left her battling for her life.

In February 2011, the 30 year old cracked her skull after hitting her head on the platform while competing in Russia, but that hasn’t stopped her qualifying for the semi-finals at The FINA World Cup at London’s Aquatics Centre.

Afterwards she said, “It’s been quite a journey since last year,

“There have been struggles, but it’s such an honour to be diving at this pool and to get the Olympic spot is just fantastic.

“Having an accident like I did certainly changes your perspective on life, so this year has just been about really getting back to enjoying diving again, because afterwards it was a real struggle.”

Teammate Stacie Powell, who also qualified for the next round, addressed Gladding in her interview afterwards, “I think you’ve come back stronger because you weren’t putting in these performances in World Cup preliminaries before, so now you’ve definitely come back fighting stronger and ready for this year.”

Monique finished sixth among the world’s best at the opening day of the event yesterday, which ensured that Great Britain would take two women platform divers to this summer’s Games. However, she must still qualify herself at the British Championships in June.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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