GETTING TO KNOW REBECCA GALLANTREE

Rebecca Gallantree is a two-time Olympian and World Champion diver, who is one of our sponsored athletes ahead of the Rio Olympics this summer.

In this blog, we get to know a little bit more about our girl!

Why did you choose diving?

The original reason that I got into diving was because at the age of seven I wanted to do everything and anything that my older sister, Katherine, was doing! My dad used to take us to our local pool in Chelmsford to play on the boards in public sessions and that's where I fell in love with the sport.

What have been your career highlights?

To pick out one career highlight up to this point would just be too difficult – so I'll give you a top four!

Firstly, it’s qualifying for my first Olympics in 2008. The Olympic trials were one of the most intense things I’ve ever experienced so it was such an incredible feeling to dive well and to become part of Team GB for the first time.

My second highlight is competing at a home Olympics in London 2012. It was such an unbelievably special thing and I feel so incredibly lucky to have been a part of it.

My third career highlight has to be becoming Commonwealth champion in 2014 in the 3m synchro event with my partner Alicia Blagg. We had competed together at the previous Commonwealth Games in 2010 and finished 4th, less than a point from a medal, when Alicia was only 13 years old. Standing on top of the podium with the national anthem playing, seeing my family and friends in the audience and my team mates going crazy on poolside is another moment that will live with me forever.

My fourth and final highlight was just last year, when I paired up with Tom Daley in the team event and we became World Champions! This was another completely unexpected result and I still find it incredible to be able to say that I'm a world champion!

What keeps you motivated?

Diving, along with many other sports I'm sure, can be very difficult at times. We train so hard and give everything we have to give, and then sometimes you might get a bad day at a competition which can be completely heartbreaking. But for me the motivation to keep going comes from the desire to keep improving and to get the absolute best out of myself. And if I can achieve this, the results will follow, which makes the harder times worth it. Another key motivator for me is enjoyment - I absolutely love the sport, and I wouldn't be able to keep doing it if I didn't.

Who was your sporting hero when you were younger?

My sporting hero when I was younger was a British diver called Jane Smith.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an athlete?

If I wasn't an athlete I like to think I would be a prosthetist or orthotist – I almost went back to uni in 2012 to qualify in the field, but decided to keep diving instead!

What would your dream day off be?

My ideal day off would consist of hanging out with my friends, maybe with a walk somewhere with nice views, with a pub lunch/dinner. Then finishing the day off relaxing in an outdoor hot tub!

What was the last book you read?

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

What music do you listen to?

I like pop punk music. Some of my favourite bands are Brand New, The Wonder Years and The Menzingers and my favourite album at the moment is ‘Payola’ by Desaparecidos.