Baking and reading keep Grace Reid on the right track for the Olympics
The Scot was crowned both European and Commonwealth Games champion in 2018.
Banana bread and Michelle Obama are helping Edinburgh diver Grace Reid keep a sense of perspective as she plunges deeper into the build-up to next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
The 22-year-old has admitted she sometimes struggled for motivation in the wake of her major breakthrough in 2018, when she was crowned both European and Commonwealth Games champion.
Now she believes that maintaining outside interests – be it baking or being inspired by the former US First Lady – are crucial to the run-in which continues with the World Diving Series in London from May 17.
“If you don’t switch off from your sport at all it gets a little bit unhealthy. It’s simple things but baking and reading have become important to me and I’ve learned to make a mean banana bread.”
Reid, who originally broke through with her then-synchro partner Tom Daley when they won European gold in 2016, has long tried to strike a balance when it comes to her commitment to her sport.
Reid advanced to the final of the 3m springboard competition in Rio where she finished eighth, and she is currently giving equal priority to individual and synchro disciplines as the jostling for qualification places begins.
“I’ve always loved to chuck myself off diving boards but in a sport in which you’re striving for perfection it’s very easy to get despondent and convince yourself you’re not doing as well as you want,” she said.
“That’s why I think it’s important not to be too hard on myself and to shrug it off when things don’t always go as planned in training.
“I’m enjoying myself more. There is more expectation on me but with expectation comes confidence and experience.
“I’m just trying to enjoy it and right now I feel like I’m in a really great place with my sport.”
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