GALLANTREE Rebecca < Back  
Sport Diving
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 19 Aug 1984 in Chelmsford, ENG
Height1.66 m
Weight 61 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Leeds, ENG
Languages English
Higher education Sports Science - University of Leeds: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up diving at age seven at her local pool in Chelmsford, England.
Why this sport? "I used to love going to the pool with my dad in public sessions, and back then before health and safety had become as strict as it is today we were allowed to use the diving boards in the public sessions. So that was how I was first introduced to diving, which turned into diving lessons, and when my older sister Katherine joined the diving club I was desperate to copy her."
Footedness Right
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for Great Britain
General Interest
Nicknames Becky (leeds.gov.uk, 13 Feb 2013)
Hobbies Going to music concerts, walking. (swimming.org, 08 Jun 2014; group.howarth-timber.co.uk, 16 Feb 2016)
Most influential person in career Her parents. (swimming.org, 08 Jun 2014)
Hero / Idol British divers Tandi Gerrard and Jane Smith. (swimming.org, 08 Jun 2014; group.howarth-timber.co.uk, 16 Feb 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Train hard and always stay focused." (yorkshire.com, 02 Feb 2012)
Awards and honours In 2016 she received the Sports Achievement award at the Radio Aire Hero Awards in Leeds, England. (britishswimming.org, 17 Oct 2016)

She was named Sportswoman of the Year at the 2015 Leeds Sports Awards in England. (yorkshirepost.co.uk, 08 Jan 2016)
Other information RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive diving in January 2017. "I have loved being part of such an incredibly successful team over the past 13 years, but I know that now is the right time for me to move on to other things. I hope that I will be able to stay involved in diving in some capacity, whether through coaching, mentoring, or just being a fan. But the next big thing for me is to spend a few months travelling so I can see a little bit of the world away from diving pools." (swimswam.com, 19 Jan 2017)

CONSIDERING QUITTING
She thought about retiring from competitive diving following the 2012 Olympic Games in London. "I was very close to retiring after London, but I decided I had a bit more to give the sport. It's turned out to be the best decision I've ever made." (bbc.co.uk, 05 Aug 2015)

EYE FOR TALENT
She has helped discover a lot of the young talent in the Great Britain diving programme. As a coach and talent scout over the years, she has helped unearth Tom Daley, Hannah Starling and Alicia Blagg. (bbc.co.uk, 29 Mar 2012)