Who is Commonwealth Games pundit Tonia Couch?

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THE Commonwealth Games are well underway and have been entertaining fans up and down the UK over the past week.

Big time events like the 100m sprint, the heptathlon, swimming and the diving are all back on our screens a year after the Tokyo Olympics.

Tonia Couch is a former diver for Team GB
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Tonia Couch competed in the Women’s Synchronised 10m Platform Final with Lois Toulson at Rio 2016[/caption]

And with those big events come some of the most well-known presenters on the BBC, including experienced hosts Clare Balding and Gabby Logan.

And alongside Balding, presenting the diving coverage, is Tonia Couch.

But what do we know about Couch and where does her diving expertise come from?

Who is Tonia Couch?

Couch was born in Plymouth on May 1989 and took up diving when she was just 10 years old.

Her big break in the sport came in 2009 when she was 20, competing at the 2009 World Championships and then the Commonwealth Games a year later.

Couch and Sarah Barrow came fourth in the 10m Synchro final.

Tonia Couch is working for the BBC for the Commonwealth Games
Tonia Couch retired from diving in 2018 after competing in two Olympics

The pair then won a European gold each in 2012 before finishing fifth in the London 2012 Olympics.

Couch then competed in Rio with new partner Lois Toulson, placing fifth in the 10m Synchro final again.

In 2018, Couch retired from diving and has since been seen on TV as a pundit, working alongside Balding on the BBC for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Couch is expected to be a mainstay on the BBC’s coverage for diving for future events such as the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

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