My Plymouth

Tonia Couch & Sarah Barrow - Olympic divers

Plymouth girls Sarah and Tonia met at gymnastics class aged just seven. Having switched to diving a few years later, they now train at the Plymouth Life Centre, where national treasure – and their pal – Tom Daley learned his trade.
They won bronze in this year’s diving World Series, and are targeting a medal in 10m Synchro at the 2016 Rio Olympics. They have both received Sporting Colours from University of Plymouth in recognition of their achievements.

Do you miss Plymouth when you’re travelling for competitions?

Tonia: Yes! It will always be my favourite place, and I’ll never move away.

Sarah: When we go away in the summer it’s always sunny in Plymouth, so I miss going to the beach or the Hoe with friends.

What’s the first thing you do when you come back to Plymouth?

Tonia: See my dog Nanook and my boyfriend Karl. Then we all go over to see my family for some yummy food.

Sarah: I find something good to eat, as food just isn’t the same when we’re away. I either grab a takeaway or I get myself to Lorenzo's, my favourite place to eat in Plymouth. Spanish tapas with English-size portions!

Where do you go to let your hair down?

Tonia: On the Plymouth Hoe and Barbican – to get some fresh air and hear the waves, with a lush ice cream.

Sarah: The hairdressers? Haha. Probably the cinema, to just relax and watch a good movie

Favourite shops?

Tonia: River Island is one of my favourites. But New Look is a close second. I’m a bit of a shopaholic!

Sarah: I like New Look for shoes and Topshop for clothes, although I do a lot of online shopping these days :- 

Best place to go on a date?

Tonia: Roller disco on a Friday night at the Life Centre sports venue is always a good laugh. I see a lot of people going there as I leave training.

Sarah: Lorenzos! Or Royal William Yard. Or bowling. 

Where do you go to just chill out?

Tonia: I love taking Nanook for a walk with my head phones on and singing to myself. That always makes me relaxed.

Sarah: I like going to the Hoe or Jennycliff headland and sitting on the benches or on the grass. If it’s winter, probably the cinema.

What’s your favourite secret spot in Plymouth?

Tonia: No secret really – any beach in the evening, with friends and a BBQ.

Sarah: There is a spot at Royal William Yard under the archway, or outside Pounds House in Central Park.

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