The series on British women Olympians continues today with Megan Sylvester. Megan was born in Barnsley in 1994 at took up diving at the age of eight. She was inspired by her brother whose coach suggested that she try diving. Up till then Megan’s main interest had been in gymnastics, which she still practices as well.
For someone so young she has a very impressive record. As a junior she showed great skills by winning all three platform events at the British junior nationals. She has progressed very quickly and won silver at the junior European championships platform final in 2008 following with a 4th place finish at the junior world championships later that year. In 2009 she teamed up with Monique Gladding and won 6th place at the senior world championships in the synchro event the same year. She was just fifteen years only, making Megan the youngest athlete at the competition.
Megan has drawn huge inspiration from her family, particularly her brother, another talented diver. She has also received a lot of advice from another of Britain’s young hopefuls in diving, Tom Daley. Her dream is to take home the gold at London 2012; I’m sure everyone will be hoping she achieved that dream this summer.