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Name: Becky Gallantree

Date of birth: 19/8/84

Coach: Ady

Event(s): 3m individual, 3m synchro

Born in: Chelmsford, Essex

Started diving in: 1991

Joined Leeds Diving: 2002

Previous club(s): Bramston Diving Club

1st junior international event: Junior Europeans, Malta 2001

1st senior international event: FINA Grand Prix, Madrid 2003

Major international events:

2012 World Cup – 3m 9th; 3m synchro 11th

 2011 World Championships – 3m 29th; 3m synchro 15th

2010 Commonwealth Games – 3m 5th, 3m synchro 4th, 1m 6th, 10m synchro 7th

2010 World Cup – 3m 13th, 3m synchro 8th, 10m synchro 4th

2009 World Championships – 3m 15th, 1m 7th

2008 Olympic Games – 3m 25th

2006 Commonwealth Games – 3m

2006 World Cup – 3m, 10m

Best diving achievement(s): Qualifiying for two Olympics in 2008 and 2012 and coming 4th at World Cup in 2010 in 10m synchro with Stacie Powell – less than a point from a medal! Also being a finalist on 3m at World Cup in London.

Best achievement outside of diving: Getting a First in my degree (in Sports Science) from Leeds Uni.

Diving ambitions/dreams: Winning an Olympic medal

Role model(s): Steve Redgrave

Favourite diving pool: I love the London Olympic pool – the pool is great and the crowd at World Cup was amazing.

What do you want to do after diving?: I'm looking into studying prosthetics and orthotics. I also want to stay involved in diving in some way – probably coaching.

Favourite food: Thai food and chocolate (not together!)

Favourite TV programme: ER

Favourite music/band: Dave Hause, The Loved Ones, The Hold Steady, The Menzingers, The Wonder Years and many more.

Most prized possession: My iPod

Personal sponsors: Rosemont Pharmaceuticals

Tip for the top: Enjoy your sport

Follow me on Twitter @RGallantree

Name: Hannah Starling

Date of birth: 12/06/1995

Coach: Edwin Jongejans

Event(s): 3m individual

Born in: Leeds

Started diving in: 2004

Joined Leeds Diving: 2004

1st junior international event: Aachen International '09

1st senior international event: Senior Europeans '09

Major international events:
World Cup 2010 19th place.  
Junior Worlds 2010 (3m synchro) 8th place.
World Championships 2011 27th place.
World Cup 2012 19th place

Best diving achievement: Qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games

Diving ambitions/dreams: Compete in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games

Favourite diving pool: Indoor – Turin, because it was where my first international was so I will always have a soft spot for it.  Outdoor – Barcelona, simply because of the weather and the stunning views

Favourite thing about diving: Learning new dives

Plans after diving: Go into Medicine

Favourite food: M&S Caramel Shortbreads or Chocolate Brownies!

Favourite TV programme: Dexter

Favourite music/band: Greg Holden

Most prized possession?: My Ipod. Thank you Apple.

Follow me on Twitter @HannahfStarling

Name: Lydia Rosenthall
Date of birth: 09/10/1998
Coach: Peng Li
Event(s)  All Boards
Born in: Leeds
Started diving in: 2007
Joined Leeds Diving:                        
1st junior international event: Dresden 2012
1st senior international event:
Major international events: Junior Europeans in Graz, Austria and Junior Worlds in Adelaide, Australia both 2012
Best diving achievement: Coming 4th in the prelim at Junior Worlds
Diving ambitions/dreams: To compete in the Olympics
Role model(s): Jessica Ennis and Usain Bolt
Favourite diving pool: Barcelona
Favourite thing about diving: Going on trips and competing in different places and meeting friend around the world
Plans after diving:I would like to stay in the sport although I don't know what to do yet
Favourite food: Spare Ribs
Favourite TV programme: Corrie and Jersey/Geordie Shore
Favourite music/band: I like a lot of chart music
Most prized possession?: My iPhone
Hobbies:Diving and Shopping
Personal sponsors:  Fedex,
Follow me on Twitter @lydiekiddi9
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Name: James Denny

Date of birth: 20th September 1993

Coach: Adrian Hinchliffe

Event(s): All

Born in: Leeds

Started diving in: 2005

Year joined Leeds Diving: 2005

1st junior international event: Waldkraiburg 2010

1st senior international event: Russia GP 2011

Major international events: Junior Europeans 2011

Best diving achievement(s): 4th + 6th at Junior Europeans 2011

Best achievement outside of diving: Passing my driving test

Diving ambitions/dreams: Be the best I can be

Role model(s): Jenson Button

Favourite diving pool: Barcelona, because of the views

Favourite thing about diving: The thrill of it

Plans after diving: To go into some sort of sport based job

Favourite food: Chicken fajitas

Favourite TV programme: The Inbetweeners

Favourite music/band: Chase and Status

Most prized possession: My headphones

Tip for the top: Train hard

Follow me on Twitter @JamesRDenny

Name: Matty Lee

Date of birth: 5th March 1998

Coach: Peng Li

Event(s): 1m, 3m, Platform

Born in: Leeds

Started diving in: 2005

Joined Leeds Diving: 2005

1st junior international event: CAMO 2009

1st senior international event:

Major international events: Junior Europeans 2012/2013 and Junior Worlds 2012

Best diving achievement(s): 3m Junior European Champion 2012 and 2013 and 7th on Platform at Junior Worlds 2012

Best achievement outside of diving:  Leeds Young Sports Person of the Year

Diving ambitions/dreams: Compete at the Olympics

Role model(s): Tom Daley and Michael Phelps

Favourite diving pool: Barcelona

What do you want to do after diving?: Physio

Favourite food: Nachos

Favourite TV programme:

Favourite music/band: Hip-hop

Most prized possession: My iPhone

Personal sponsors: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Tip for the top: Never give up!

Follow me on Twitter @Mattydiver

Web page: http://www.mattyleediver.co.uk/

 

Name: Alicia Blagg

Date of Birth: 21/10/96

Coach:Edwin Jongejans

Event(s):3m Synchro

Born in:Wakefield

Started diving in: 2004

Joined Leeds Diving in: 2004

1st Junior international event:Camo 2009

1st senior international: 2010 Moscow Grand Prix

Major international events:

Arizona Junior Worlds 2010

World Cup 2010 China

Commonwealth Games 2010

World Championships 2011 Shanghai

World Cup 2012 London

Best diving achievement(s): Coming 4th in 3m synchro at Commonwealth Games and qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Best achievement outside of diving: Winning the sports award from my primary school.

Diving ambitions: Getting to 2012 Olympics, and hopefully doing a couple more in my career.

Role Model:Kelly Holmes

Favourite diving pool: Commonwealth Games Delhi because my competition went well and it is a really amazing pool, so big and a great pool to dive in.

Favourite thing about diving: The new people you meet, the fact it keeps me fit and healthy and I love just being able to do it

Plans after diving: Something to do with Forensic science

Favourite food: Sunday Roast

Favourite TV programme:F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Favourite music/band: The script and Rihanna

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends

Most prized possession: my Ipod

Tip for the top: To be the best, train like the best

Follow me on Twitter@aliciablagg

Name: Jack Laugher
Date of birth: 30/01/95
Coach: Ady Hinchliffe
Event: Mens 3m individual
Born in: Harrogate
Started diving in: 2002
Joined Leeds Diving in: 2011
Previous club:Harrogate Diving Club
1st junior international event: Aachen 2008
1st senior international event:Russian Grand Prix 2010
Major international events: Commonwealth games 2010, World Champs 2011, World Cup 2012, Junior Worlds and Europeans
Best diving achievement(s): Double gold medal at the Junior World Championships
Diving ambitions/dreams: To get a medal at an Olympics would be incredible, just making it is also amazing
Role model(s): Chinese divers.
Favourite diving pool:Shanghai! Just a brilliant design and great boards!
Favourite thing about diving: The thrill
Plans after diving: Go and live abroad!
Favourite food: Indian
Favourite TV programme: Family Guy
Favourite music/band:Eminem 
Hobbies: Playstation and listening to a lot of music
Most prized possession:My childhood toy, Peter Rabbit 
Personal sponsors: Northern Rail and Trimona Handball Wax
Tip for the top: Never stop trying!
Follow me on Twitter@JackLaugher