Reid set for Rio 2016 Olympics debut

Edinburgh student named with Tom Daley in GB diving team

GRACE Reid is to make her Olympic debut in Rio after being named in the GB team.

She is the only Scot in the team of 11 and joins London 2012 bronze medallist Tom Daley and Tonia Couch who are going to their third Olympics.

Chris Mears, Jack Laugher, Rebecca Gallantree, Alicia Blagg and Sarah Barrow are the other returning Olympians while Reid, Daniel Goodfellow, Lois Toulson and Freddie Woodward are set to make their debuts.

Last month, Reid, 19, became the first Scot to win an individual European Championships diving medal for Great Britain in 62 years when she collected bronze in the 3m springboard in London.

The Edinburgh University sports science student, who has already competed at two Commonwealth Games, also captured gold in the mixed 3m springboard synchro with Daley.

Mark England, Team GB’s Chef de Mission hailed a “fresh generation” of divers and said: “Today’s selected divers demonstrate the strength in depth the sport continues to enjoy in Britain and with a host of world, European, and Olympic medallists forming the squad for Rio 2016 we’re excited to see them perform in Brazil this summer.

“Each athlete has shown that they are capable of producing dives of the highest quality while under pressure at major events and the squad houses a fine mix of experience and Olympic debutants.

“It’s great to welcome back some familiar faces into the Team GB fold but also see a fresh generation of divers that have stepped up to the mark to qualify for these Olympic Games.

Diving Team Leader Alexei Evangulov added: “We have selected a strong team of divers for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games which includes an Olympic medallist and four world medallists. It’s good to see four divers making their Olympic debut too.

“In the last two years we have seen impressive performances from the team to not only win medals at the World Championships in 2015 but also secure all but one of our quota places at the World Cup in February.

“I know that each one of our 11 divers will continue to work hard in the coming weeks to ensure they are in the best shape possible for their competition day in Rio.”

Couch said: “It’s really exciting to be able to say I am officially going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This will be my third Olympics and I feel I have learnt so much from both Beijing and London that I can use to my advantage in Rio.

“The pool is great and I loved competing there in February so can’t wait to go back. The Olympics makes everyone step up their game which will be exciting to see.”

Daley is also looking forward to a return and said: “To have the confirmation that I am going to my third Olympic Games is really exciting. Rio was amazing when we went in February and I can’t wait to go back and see what the pool will look like. Working with Jane [Figueiredo] has changed the way I dive and I really can’t wait to be in the Olympic environment again. I’m going to do everything I can to ensure I’m at my best for my two events in Rio.”