High-flying diver looks to build on excellent year

By Rob Virtue on January 17, 2014 10:55 AM |

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The wildly successful 2013 enjoyed by young diving hopeful Scarlett Mew Jensen could have gone to her head.

But the 12-year-old from Limehouse, who picked up Canary Wharf's Sports Personality of the Year in February, has her feet firmly on the ground.

Last year's impressive haul saw her triumph at the London Youth Games, win two golds and a silver in the national championships, pick up two bronze medals in a tournament in Rome against Europe's finest and win two golds in another top European competition in Sweden.

Scarlett also won a place on the national development squad for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, training alongside Tom Daley. She's also been mentioned as a possible for next year's Commonwealth Games, when she will only be just 13.

However, the schoolgirl, who also has a passion for dance, is not getting carried away with dreams of Glasgow 2014.

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"That's probably not what I'm aiming for," said Scarlett. "I'm looking at international championships first.

"Sweden's coming up again this year and Rome, so I'm aiming for medals there. For the Commonwealth Games you're talking about the next level up and more complicated dives so I'm focusing on this year first then we'll see what happens."

Dedication comes at a price for Scarlett who, while tackling her first year at secondary school, spends 12 hours a week perfecting her dives at Crystal Palace.

There she learns off top coaches and more experienced divers on the team. Despite meeting Tom Daley, it's those closer to her who are her inspiration.

"At Crystal Palace we've got Georgia Ward who's on the GB team and she's someone I would look up to more," said Scarlett.

"She really helps and encourages everyone in our group if we're learning new dives, which gives us the confidence to do it."

There are hopes of training at the world-class Olympic facilities in Stratford - a move that would be ideal for the busy schoolgirl - but talks are still ongoing.

Her mother Charlotte, who takes her across the Europe for training and competitions, said: "It would make so much sense. She's going to Crystal Palace and sometimes Southend but it would be fantastic to use the facilities in Stratford."

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