Noah 20, represents Great Britain as a 10m platform diver and the London Aquatics Centre is home for his training. He spends between 7 to 8 hours a day here which consists of dry side training and wet side training.
What was the first lockdown like for you, not having access to the boards?
“It was quite difficult for us to train to our full potential and capabilities. Most days we would do team zoom training sessions which meant we could still complete the dry side aspect of training without all of the equipment.”
How did you feel when you were told pools and gyms could reopen?
“ I was extremely happy to hear the news, although training through zoom calls was fun, I missed the social interaction with the team and being able to have access to our full training regime rather than only half.”
What did having access to the pool during lockdown 2.0 mean to you?
“I was relived to be able to continue training during the second lockdown. Although it was only a month, a month away from the pool can have a big impact on divers.”
What are you currently training for?
“ Right now I’m focussing on the Nationals which are at the end of January 2021. It’s a relief to be back at the Aquatics Centre where I can really focus on all aspects of my training. Having access to the facilities means I can progress in areas I wouldn’t be able to with zoom training sessions.”
Noah is one of many GB divers who attends the London Aquatics Centre for their training 6 days a week. Each diver can spend up to 40 hours a week here and relies heavily on having access to the pool and facilities.