Diving since 1995
Brooke’s Mum still reminds us of the day she phoned the office and spoke to Sam Grevett, (Director and Brooke’s coach from 1995 to 2004), to enquire about diving lessons and when telling Sam she did gymnastics and she thought she might be quite good at diving, was met with a less than enthusiastic tone (in Sam’s defence lots of Mum say their kids could be quite good!).
However, Mum was right and the minute she walked onto the poolside, she had a presence, a confidence and a natural ability that would of course see her win plenty of medals but would also see her fight back from more injuries and set backs than many athletes could endure and ultimately, that’s what has set her apart from many others.
Over the years, her strengths have been her versatility (switching dives at the last minute if one wasn’t working), her bubbly and positive outlook on life and her hard work ethic – oh and her smile, which rarely leaves her (except when she’s doing morning training or working on back twists, her Achilles heel!)
In January 2008, after 2 years battling with a back injury and glandular fever, Brooke became British Champion for the first time and qualified herself for the World Cup.
She says her injury and illness problems have made her physically and emotionally stronger and enabled her to come back to competition with a succession of personal best scores.
In June 2008, Brooke was devastated to miss out on an Olympic Games place but she is philosophical and says the setback did not make her any less determined to succeed, illustrated by the fact that in May 2009, in her first Major international for over 12 months, Brooke became the first British woman in history to win a medal at the European Championships in the Platform event, when she won bronze.
- Currently funded on National Development Programme
- Junior European Bronze Medallist
- Senior European Bronze Medallist
- First Junior International cap – 2001
- First Senior International cap – 2003
- Member of World Cup, World Championship & Commonwealth Games Teams.
50 first dates
Paula Radcliffe & Laura Wilkinson (diving)
Most embarrassing moment
I’m blonde my days are constantly embarrassing!
Ambition outside of diving
To get on TV and become famous!
PB Individual Platform (optionals only), 352.90
PB Synchro Platform (2 requireds + 3 ops), 289.44
PB Age Group List (4 requireds, 4 optionals), 424.55
3rd, British Championships, Womens Platform, 319.60
3rd, European Championships, Womens Platform, 317.70
3rd, British Championships, Womens Platform, 317.50
13th, World Cup, Womens Platform, 307.20
1st, British Championships, Womens Platform, 352.90
1st, Dutch Open, Womens Platform, 292.25
2nd, GB vs Germany International, 328.35
2nd, British Championships, Womens Synchro Platform, 289.44
5th, British Championships, Womens Platform, 281.05
5th, Commonwealth Games, Womens Synchro Platform, 275.91
15th, European Championships, Womens Platform, 263.60
5th, British Championships, Womens Platform, 262.60
2nd, British Championships, Womens Synchro Platform, 274.74
4th, ASA National Championships, Womens Platform, 284.90
3rd, Junior European Championships, Girls 16-18 Plat, 422.00
18th, World Championships, Womens Platform, 415.86
10th, Canada Grand Prix, Womens Platform, 278.88
11th, USA Grand Prix, Womens Platform, 293.83
2nd, ASA National Championships, Womens Platform, 493.17
1st, National Age Group Champs, Girls 16-18 Platform, 395.90