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Former Rugby Union player Austin Healey, comedienne Jenny Éclair, TV presenter Pollyanna Woodward, Saturdays singer Una Foden and Paralympic athlete Richard Whitehead MBE will go head to head in week four of diving show Splash! on ITV on Saturday 25th January at 6.45pm.
Each will each take to the diving board under the watchful eye of Olympic Bronze medal and British and European Championship winner Tom Daley, in an attempt to master one of sport’s most difficult disciplines.
The five are currently in training ahead of diving live in a bid to impress the show’s panel of the judges and the viewing public.
Only two will secure a place in the Semi Finals, joining Diversity’s Perri Kiely, presenters Michaela Strachan and Anna Williamson, and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy.
Una Foden said "As a former child swimming champion, I've always loved the water so Splash! is a brilliant opportunity to get back to my roots and master a new skill. The band will be there on the night cheering me on, so hopefully having their support will help me conquer the inevitable nerves and give it my best shot."
Jenny Éclair said “I am doing Splash because appearing on national telly in a swimming costume will give solace to thousands of other fifty plus women who have accidentally let themselves go and have decided not to really care.
I am nervous because heights give me the willies and even the 3 metre board feels dizzyingly dangerous, also I've only got one neck so I really don't want to break it.”
Austin Healey said “I used to love throwing myself off the boards as a kid so I thought it would be a great opportunity to try how to really do it.”
Pollyanna Woodward said “I wanted to do Splash! as it's a real challenge, I've never dived and don't really like the water, but it's an opportunity to do something I've never done before, being taught by some of the best coaches in the world....I'd have been mad to say no! Though when it's live dive time I’ll be completely out of my comfort zone and focusing on not doing a belly flop or giving myself a wedgie!”
Richard Whitehead said “I feel Splash! gives me the platform to promote disability awareness to a wider audience. It is a great honour to be the first Paralympian and Gold medalist to be a contestant. I’m in the show to push myself – I may not be a diver but I’m naturally very competitive, and I can’t wait for the live shows.”
Splash continues every Saturday night on ITV for seven weeks.