Diving since September 1999
Tonia had been a fairly accomplished competitive gymnast and came to us for a “trial” in September of 1999, just 4 weeks later, she won her first competition, a novice event at Crystal Palace in London.
It was then that both she and her Parents realized she could probably be quite good at this sport!
In May 2000, just 8 months into her diving career, she won a silver medal in the 10-11 girls 1m and 5m events at the National Age Group Championships in Southampton.
In February 2002, she became the youngest girl ever to qualify for the lottery funded Junior Olympic Programme, when she took bronze in the Junior girls platform event at the British Championships.
It was at that point that her talent on the platform was really recognized.
There have been many ups and downs in Tonia’s career. Competition for spots on international teams in the Womens Platform event within Great Britain is fierce and Tonia has had her fair share of disappointments, however she always bounces back and becomes even stronger and without doubt, her two greatest triumphs have been on the greatest stages of all.
In 2008 and 2009, her 8th places at the Olympics and then the World Championships (the best result by a British female for 20 years), have secured her place in diving history.
Like a fine wine, Tonia is improving with age and there is certainly much more to come.
- Member of 3 World Championship Teams
- Member of 2006 Commonwealth Games Team
- FOURTH 2006 World Cup (Synchro Platform)
- First GB Junior International Cap – 2003
- First GB Senior International Cap – 2005
- First International Title – ClingerCook, Nov 2007
- Olympic Finalist, Beijing 2008 (8th Womens Platform)
- World Championship finalist, Rome 2009 (8th Womens Platform)
Tonia on Brooke (Graddon)
Brooke is my best friend and we spend nearly every minute of the day together! We don’t stop laughing when we are together! Even though we compete against each other, we help and cheer each other on and support each other 100 % She’s brill! x
Tonia on Thomas (Daley)
Tom is a wicked young talented boy and we have a laugh when we are together! There’s never a dull moment when I’m with him, he’s nuts! He’s like a little brother to me! x
Tonia on Tonia
Ambition outside of diving
To do fashion modelling
Pasta & Chinese
PB Individual Platform, 351.00
PB Synchro Platform, 314.10
3rd, Ft Lauderdale FINA Grand Prix, Womens Platform, 334.25
4th, FINA DWS, MEX II, Womens Platform, 336.85
6th, FINA DWS, CHN, Womens Platform, 341.34
6th, FINA Diving World Series (DWS), MEX I, Womens Platform, 290.15
8th, World Championships, Rome, Womens Platform, 351.00
2nd, British Championships, Womens Platform, 330.50
2nd, British Championships, Womens Synchronised Platform, 285.90
8th, Beijing Olympic FINAL, Womens Platform, 326.70
8th, Beijing Olympic FINAL, Womens Synchronised Platform, 303.48
5th, European Champions Cup, Womens Platform, (knock out, not full list)
3rd, British Championships, Womens Platform, 319.00
2nd, British Championships, Womens Synchronised Platform, 310.32
1st, GB vs Germany International, Womens Platform, 346.35
3rd, GB vs Germany International, Womens Synchronised Platform, 300.24
2nd, British Championships, Womens Platform, 298.50
1st, British Championships, Womens Synchro Platform, 300.06
4th, World Cup, Womens Synchro Platform, 296.70
7th, Commonwealth Games, Womens Platform, 611.65 (2 lists)
4th, Commonwealth Games, Womens Synchro Platform, 290.45
6th, European Championships, Womens Platform, 299.50
3rd, European Champions Cup, Womens Synchro Platform, 265.20
3rd, British Championships, Womens Platform, 290.70
1st, British Championships, Womens Synchro Platform, 290.64
3rd, ASA National Championships, Womens Platform, 286.75
1st, National Elite Junior Champs, Girls 16-18 Platform, 413.05
10th, World Championships, Womens Synchro Platform, 287.19
25th, World Championships, Womens Platform, 208.05
8th, Junior European Champs, Girls 16-18 Platform, 379.55
3rd, British Championships, Womens Platform, 279.96
1st, ASA National Championships, Womens Platform, 325.84
2nd, National Age Group Champs, Girls 16-18 Platform, 388.30