GALASHAN Helen < Back  
Sport Diving
CGA Scotland   
Gender Female
Born 23 Jul 1987 in Warrington, ENG
Height1.64 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Leeds, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Higher education Sports Science - Leeds Metropolitan University: Leeds, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She started synchronised diving with her twin sister in 2006.
Why this sport? She retired from gymnastics after the British Championships. Her mum had seen some divers, previously gymnasts competing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and thought synchronised diving would compliment the twins bond and intuition. After retiring from a 30 hour a week training regime for gymnastics, she needed a new challenge.
Club / Team City of Leeds Diving Club: Leeds, ENG
Name of coach Adrian Hinchliffe
Coach from which country? Scotland
Coach from what year? 2006
Training Regime She trains 5 hours a day between 8am and 11am and in the afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.
General Interest
Hobbies She likes to hang out with her twin sister relaxing, going to the cinema and eating out with friends. (leedsmet.ac.uk, 07 Apr 2009)
Injuries She had a double fracture in her ankle that hampered her gymnastics career (british-gym.com, 15 Sep 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She intuitively knows what her twin sister is going to do next so they don't need any rituals but they may lighten the moment with a joke saying or a song. (leedsmet.ac.uk, 07 Apr 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto Find someone you work well with, someone with a similar height and build and with similar techniques. You need strength, power, flexibility and good body tension. Be prepared to be patient as it can be very frustrating at times and you will need a lot of courage because diving from 10m is the same as diving the height of a three storey building.
(leedsmet.ac.uk, 07 Apr 2009)
Awards and honours

Other sports She retired from gymnastics at the British Championships after competing at the 2002 Junior Europeans and 2006 Commonwealth Games (british-gym.com, 15 Sep 2010)
Famous relatives Her identical twin sister, Carol was also a gymnast and competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. They both switched to diving in 2006. (british-gym.com, 15 Sep 2010, youtube.com, 16 Apr 2009)
Ambitions To compete at the 2012 Olympic Games (telegraph.co.uK, 02 Feb 2009)
Other information DIVING FIRST
With her twin sister became the first synchro pair to perform an arm-stand back double somersault with one and a half twists - considered one of the most difficult dives in the world. (blog.mmenterprises.co.uk, 15 Feb 2009)

YOUNGEST MEMBER
She was the youngest member of the Scottish team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games after her sister was ruled out with an elbow injury. (sport.scotsman.com, 21 Jul 2002)

TWIN PARTNER
They (Helen and Carol) share the same taste in clothes, music and food, have the same favourite colour (pink) and last year bought each other the same Christmas card and the same present: La Senza underwear, same colour, same style, same size.
They also look so alike that people constantly get them mixed up.
The normal practice in synchro diving is for one of the pair to be the team leader and count the dives in. In the twins' case, counting-in duties are shared, though such is their natural togetherness it is barely necessary to count at all. (telegraph.co.uK, 02 Feb 2009)