GB synchro divers Sarah Barrow & Tonia Couch in 'best-ever' form

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Sarah Barrow (left) and Tonia Coach with coach Andy Banks
Andy Banks has coached Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch since they were youngsters

Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch are diving at the peak of their form, according to their coach Andy Banks.

Great Britain's leading 10m synchro duo won 2014 Commonwealth Games silver and were European champions in 2012, and are preparing to defend their British title in their home pool in Plymouth.

"They're both diving better now at the ripe old age of 25 then they ever have done in their lives," Banks said.

"They're strong, fit, confident and they're looking really good."

Couch and Barrow's best results
Olympic Games: Fifth in 2012European Championships: Gold in 2012
World Championships: Fourth in 2011Commonwealth Games: Silver in 2014

Barrow goes into the championships having become the first British woman to when she took individual 10m gold in Berlin last summer.

With the top 12 individuals and top three synchro pairs at this year's World Championships in Russia qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Banks says their attention is fixed on getting to Brazil.

"That's the focus for them, but before that there's a very hectic World Series schedule leading into the World Championships in July," he said.

"They want to continue what they did last year - which was getting good results is the World Series - and be regarded as one of the top pairings in the word.

"It's easier to get the results as a pair but, individually, they could both be up there as well.

"They're enjoying the confidence they've got from being established world-class divers - they're known as that by the rest of the world.

"I think they'll go out there and show what they've managed to achieve during the off-season - improved strength, improved confidence and hopefully we'll see even better results in the next year," Banks added.