Swain's springboard to success

PUBLISHED: 11:18 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:21 26 October 2009

PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM - GB Diving Team - 28th LEN European Swimming Championships 2006 - Budapest, Hungary - 01/08/06.

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Great Britain's Ben Swain.

PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM - GB Diving Team - 28th LEN European Swimming Championships 2006 - Budapest, Hungary - 01/08/06. Copyright - Simon Wilkinson - 07811 267706. Great Britain's Ben Swain.

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BRITISH diving champion and former WGC schoolboy Ben Swain will be back on the springboard tonight, after he qualified GB for a place at this summer s Olympics. After a series of world-class performances in the 3m synchro event, Swain and his partner Nick

BRITISH diving champion and former WGC schoolboy Ben Swain will be back on the springboard tonight, after he qualified GB for a place at this summer's Olympics.

After a series of world-class performances in the 3m synchro event, Swain and his partner Nick Robinson-Baker have become real medal hopefuls for the Beijing Games.

The ex-Monk's Walk School pupil, whose family live in Welwyn, will be competing at the LEN European Diving Championships in Eindhoven, Holland, this week in the 3m individual and the 3m synchro events.

With a number of tough competitions already under his belt, Swain goes into this meeting with the desire to prove he has what it takes to beat the best in Europe.

"I am feeling confident about this competition," he said.

"My main aim is to get a medal in the 3m synchro event.

"Russia was the only European team to beat Nick and I at the World Cup and to come here (Eindhoven) and beat them would be great.

"In the individual event I want to put more consistency into my performance.

"I didn't perform well in the prelims at the World Cup and I want to go out harder and continue my momentum into the final."

The preliminary rounds for Swain's individual event are tonight with the final tomorrow, while preliminary rounds for the 3m synchro and final are on Saturday.

Since grabbing a Beijing Olympic spot for GB last month, Swain has been working in the gym so he can be more explosive off the board.

"When we came back from Beijing I went back into my weights training," he said.

"We are working on improving my strength so I can get the same power on the boards that Nick has and this will help us with our synchronisation.

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