Heat 2 Celebrities:
Q: What inspired you to
participate in this years Splash!?
A: Since I was a teenager,
I have fantasised about high diving. Its
always been a dream of mine. I was very lucky
that at school I learned how to dive, but I havent
done it since. The only problem is that I have
probably left it about 40 years too late! Diving
at the age of 55 is a radically different
experience. But I will be hurling myself off a
three metre board on live television because I
want to prove that just because you hit 50, it
doesnt mean you should slow down. All in
all, working on this show has been exhilarating.
Q: How have you
found it working with Tom Daley?
A: He is a consummate
gentleman. He is a wonderful teacher. Hes
amazingly patient he sees nobodys
age or gender or ability. Hes very easy on
the eye, and he has none of that usual teenage
angst. Hes very calm, and I think that may
come from the inherent danger of what he does.
You cant do it if youve just had a
night on the tiles. If you are feeling distracted
when you dive, youll simply hurt yourself.
Tom is a fantastic role model and a superb asset
for the show.
Q: Which board have
you dived off already?
A: Ive gone off the
three metre board twice. It was an incredible
experience. Beforehand, you dont realise
just how fast you travel into the water.
Afterwards I was elated. It felt like a massive
step forward and a huge achievement.
Q: Did Tom help you
prepare for it?
A: Yes, he was brilliant.
He told us to take it slowly. You have to prepare
yourself mentally and physically you dont
just climb the ladder and dive in. You need to
take a moment beforehand to get your mind and
body exactly right. Diving is the art of falling
forward and entering the water correctly. So
preparation is vital. Its very easy to be
off the mark. Thats why were doing so
much training, so we wont be distracted by
the cameras and the huge audience when it comes
to the live shows.
Q: What do you
think about doing the live shows?
A: Im feeling, Oh
my God! Ive got a large hurdle
because Ive never been seen in public in a
bikini before, and I feel rather disturbed about
the prospect. I dont do beach holidays ,
and Im not confident in a bikini. Its
cruel that Linda Barker set the bar so high last
year in the way she looked! Even as a teenager, I
never looked as good as Linda! But I just have to
get on with it. After all, this isnt a
Q: Does your
background as a performer help?
A: Yes. With my band Im
on stage three times a week I do more than
100 shows a year. When youre on stage, you
learn to get on with it; you just work through
any distractions or worries. If you have a
costume malfunction, you dont stop the
show. So in a strange way, Im looking
forward to the live shows in Splash!