Tonia Couch

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Tonia Couch
Personal information
Full name Tonia Couch
Nationality  United Kingdom
Born (1989-05-20) 20 May 1989 (age 25)
Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Student
Height 158
Weight 58
Club Plymouth Diving
Coached by Andy Banks

Tonia Couch (born 20 May 1989) is a British Olympic diver. She was born in Plymouth. Tonia had been a fairly accomplished competitive gymnast and came to Plymouth diving for a “trial” in September of 1999, just 4 weeks later, she won her first competition, a novice event at Crystal Palace in London.

In February 2002, she became the youngest girl ever to qualify for the lottery funded Junior Olympic Programme, when she took bronze in the Junior girls platform event at the British Championships.

It was at that point that her talent on the platform was really recognized.

There have been many ups and downs in Tonia’s career. Competition for spots on international teams in the Women's Platform event within Great Britain is fierce and Tonia has had her fair share of disappointments, however she always bounces back and becomes even stronger and without doubt, her two greatest triumphs have been on the greatest stages of all.

In 2008 and 2009, her 8th places at the Olympics and then the World Championships (the best result by a British female for 20 years), have secured her place in diving history.

Diving achievements[edit]

Competition 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Olympics, 10m synchro 8th 5th
Olympics, 10m platform 8th
FINA World Championship, 10m synchro 10th 9th 4th
FINA World Championship, 10m platform 25th 25th 9th
European Championship, 10m platform 6th
European Championship, 10m synchro 1st
Commonwealth Games, 10m synchro 7th 4th
Commonwealth Games, 10m platform 7th 7th
European Champions Cup, 10m synchro 4th 3rd
FINA Diving World Series, 10m synchro 4th 5th
FINA Diving World Series, 10m platform 5th
FINA Diving Grand Prix, 10m platform 5th
FINA World Cup, 10m platform 11th
FINA World Cup, 10m synchro 4th 3rd
World Junior Championship, 10m platform 19th 15th
European Junior Championship, 10m platform 17th 10th 8th
British Championship, 10m synchro 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
British Championship, 10m platform 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd
British Gas National Cup, 10m synchro 1st
British Gas National Cup, 10m platform 2nd 2nd

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