Rostock (LEN) – While all European nations are represented by their top athletes at the Arena European Diving Championships in Rostock, Great Britain has entered a team with possible candidates for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo – and was faced with criticism. “We have three different teams: The A team, the B team with divers from the A and junior team, and finally the junior team,” British diving high performance manager Kim White explained the selection process. “Additionally, we direct our focus on just one annual highlight – and this year it’s the World Championships in Kazan,” White added.

After six strenuous FINA World Series meets Thomas Daley, Jack Laugher, Tonia Couch, Sarah Barrow & Co. were given a break before having to attend a training camp in Moscow to prepare for the Worlds. Alicia Blagg is the only British A team diver to compete in Rostock. She made the team because another diver suffered an injury. “Our junior team is currently competing at the Junior Europeans in Baku,” White said. Only Lois Toulson has the chance to qualify in Rostock for the World Championships in Kazan in the women’s 10m platform event.

The British national diving team comprises a total of 25 athletes, 10 of them are competing in Rostock. The majority of the national team trains in one of the three high performance centers in either London, Leeds or Plymouth. “Perhaps we’ll win one or two medals here in Rostock – as many as last year in Berlin,” White said with a smile. With Sarah Barrow’s gold medal and a silver medal by Thomas Daley in the 10m platform event, however, the British team did not live up to its own expectations.