BLAGG Alicia < Back  
Sport Diving
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 21 Oct 1996 in Wakefield, ENG
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Languages English
Higher education Criminology - University of Miami : United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began diving at age seven in Leeds, England.
Why this sport? She was spotted by an official who was on a talent identification visit to her school.
International Debut
Year 2010
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament World Cup
Location Moscow, RUS
General Interest
Nicknames Malicia (Facebook profile, 17 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol British diver Tom Daley, English rugby league player Rob Burrow. (euroaquatics2016.london, 14 Jul 2015; handbook.jackwills.com, 26 May 2016)
Injuries In August 2016 she underwent surgery to try and resolve problems she had been having with her wrist for the previous three years. She had aggravated the injury during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and required steroid injections in order to compete. She required a second operation on her wrist in April 2017. (Instagram profile, 11 Jun 2018; thetimes.co.uk, 08 Aug 2016)

A finger injury meant she was unable to compete at the 2015 British Championships. (yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk, 07 Mar 2015)

She fractured her wrist in October 2013. She began diving again two months later. (teamgb.com, 31 Jan 2014; aliciablagg.com, 01 Jun 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Train really hard, always give 100% effort and enjoy it. No point doing it if you don't enjoy it." (swimming.org, 08 Feb 2014)
Awards and honours She was named the Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC] Women's Diver of the Year for the 2018/19 season. (hurricanesports.com, 05 Apr 2019)
Other information RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive diving in July 2020 after sustaining a shoulder injury. "It's still in so much pain and it's time I listened to my body. In my mind I just couldn't keep doing this. I openly talk about seeing a psychologist and about the medication I was on to help with my anxiety and depression because mental health is so important. Fighting the demons in my head is exhausting so I'm ready to let my body feel normal physically and mentally." (bbc.co.uk, 06 Jul 2020)