January, 2014

26 January
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I couldn’t stop thinking about the lead-up to Splash

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re all well. Did anyone watch Splash last night? I had my final training this week where we went through all our dives and chose the board we would jump off.

Luckily in my final practise I didn’t do any flops or anything. I’d been getting it right most of the time, but there’s always the chance that it could all go wrong on the night! I did have a bad fall in the pool last week which left me with a few bruises, but the coaches told me that as long as I keep it nice and simple, I would be fine.

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I was really excited about it and not too nervous, although it had been on my mind all the time. I couldn’t stop thinking about it! You have to run through it in your mind before you do the actual dive. I’d even been dreaming about it!

I was really looking forward to my heat, but you never can tell if you’ll get through. It was very competitive because the others are brilliant and talented people. They’ve been amazing. I can get quite competitive but I always just try and do my best and not worry about anyone else.

I’d love to keep going with diving in the future. I’ve definitely got the bug for it now. I’d love to learn more and try different dives from different boards. It’s a great sport, I definitely think it’s something that young kids should try and get involved in.

My parents flew over from Ireland to support me, and Ben and The Saturdays were there too so it was great to have them watching.

Hope you’re enjoying the last bit of the weekend!

Speak soon,

Love from Una xxx

23 January
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Aoife has started repeating everything she hears…

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re having a good week. Ben and I took Aoife to the Hilton London Syon Park hotel this weekend, which was really nice because it’s very rare that we both get a whole weekend off. We went swimming and then to the spa, where I had a lovely ‘lava shell’ massage. It’s kind of like a hot stone massage, but instead of stones, it’s shells which are sourced from the Philippines.

 

It was great for me because I had loads of knots in my back from diving, so it was completely relaxing!  We also took Aoife to the swimming pool which she absolutely loved, because she loves being in the water. I’m really keen to get her swimming.

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We met up with some friends for dinner and played giant Jenga, which Aoife loved because she kept trying to pull all the pieces down. I think she was excited because it was past her bedtime, but we let her off because it was nice to spend some time together.

 

I’ve got to be careful about what I say in front of Aoife as she’s started repeating everything she hears. I accidentally swore the other day and she copied me, so I said, “Aoife, I’ll be saying ‘oh shoot’ instead now!” It’s funny because when you’re young you think you have to be careful in front of your parents, and then you become a parent and you have to be careful in front of the children! Especially because children are like sponges – they pick up everything that you say! It’s also quite exciting though, because every day she’s learning more and more vocabulary.

 
Ben had some exciting news this week as he’s been signed on to NEXT management. He’s done shoots before for magazines, so he’s got some experience.

 

Speak soon,

 

Love from Una xxx

 

21 January
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I’m a bit worried I’ll get nervous on Splash…

Hi everyone,

 

Hope you are all well! I’m getting really excited for Splash, but I got nervous watching the others. I’ve seen them training so I know how hard they’ve been working. It’s been nerve-wracking watching them, especially as I don’t know how I will feel when I’m up there! All it takes is last-minute nerves to kick in and make you mess up.

 

Seeing the others do their best did encourage me though. I want to do as well as I can, so that if I don’t make it through I know I tried as hard as I could. I feel ready for it, although I do think my last few training sessions will really help to make me confident to do the dive. There’s a lot of pressure because it’s live, and they play dramatic music as you approach the end of the board!

 

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I’m a bit worried I’ll get nervous, but nerves can be a good thing, and luckily being on stage has taught me to get control of them. Plus, I used to swim a lot when I was young, so I already know the feeling of being by a pool before a competition.

 

Ben, my parents and the band will be there to support me, so it’ll be nice to have them there, especially if I don’t get through. Aoife is a bit too young to come which is a shame, but it’s also probably for the best because I worry she would call out ‘Mummy!’ and distract me.

 

Speak soon!

 

Love from Una xxx

17 January
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I’ve been on a bit of a health kick for Splash…

Hi everyone,

 

Hope you are all well and avoiding the January blues. I’ve been on a bit of a health kick this week because Splash is coming up and I’ve got only got a few training sessions left, so I need to stay in shape. I love swimming so I always try to go for a bit of a swim just before training.

 

When I feel peckish I try to eat fruits, especially blueberries. Aoife loves them and thinks they’re sweets, which is great because it makes it easy for me to make sure she’s eating healthy snacks.

 

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I like to stick to simple food when I’m being healthy, like steamed vegetables or boiled potatoes. Ben loves my cooking. He can eat what he wants because he works it off, so last night I made him a meatball pasta bake which he loves. He’s been recovering from his knee injury so he’s been working on his upper body a lot, but hopefully he’ll be playing again in a few weeks!

 

I’ve been trying to do a few fitness DVDs, but I’ve had to stop because of my toe – it broke two months ago but it’s still very tender! One DVD I find really motivating is Jillian Michaels’ Shred workout. They’re only 30 minutes long and they don’t require too much space, so they’re very easy to do. Otherwise I try to work on my abs because you can do exercises just for five minutes which is easy to fit into a busy schedule.

 

Although I’ve been very healthy, I do treat myself occasionally, for example a glass of wine with dinner. I did have a takeaway the other day, but it was so salty I ended up feeling quite sick, so I don’t think I’ll be having one for a while!

 

Speak soon,

 

Love from Una xxx

16 January
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Aoife has picked up an adorable Irish accent

Hi everyone

Hope you’re all well. My little girl Aoife Belle has just been chatting away to me in her new Irish accent – and it’s adorable! She picked it up while we were over in Ireland at New Year. It’s amazing how quickly young children can pick an accent up. She’s taken to calling me ‘Mammy’ rather than ‘Mummy’ now – I think she must’ve heard me saying it to my mother. She tried saying ‘Granny’ a lot while we were over there but that comes out as ‘Danny’ at the moment which is really cute.

 

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While we were in Ireland my TV show Una’s Dream Ticket was on. I got a real kick out of seeing kids live their dreams and I watched a few of them back. I was really happy with how my solo presenting went but the most satisfying part of it all was seeing the smiles on their faces when their dreams came true.

Aoife saw me on the screen a couple of times but it was difficult to tear her away from her new presents – she couldn’t be separated from her new colouring book for days! She was so spoilt this Christmas – especially by my sister who bought her a huge hamper of presents. Aoife woke up to find that Father Christmas (or Santy as we call him in Ireland) had delivered her presents at the end of her cot – she was beside herself with excitement!

Speak soon

Una xxx

10 January
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I’m aching and bruised from training for Splash but i’m loving every second

Hey everyone

 

Hope you all had a great holiday. I had a really wonderful break, it was great to catch up with friends and family especially after such a busy year.

 

I feel really refreshed after two weeks off and I’m glad to be back at work. Yesterday was my first day back training and filming for Splash. I injured my toe before Christmas so it was a good job we didn’t have any training for a while. It’s still swollen and quite tender but I’m getting on with it.

 

Minus the injury I’m loving taking part in Splash. It’s a real challenge – there’s an awful lot to remember, but they start you off with the basics, then you move on to the 1m board and then 5m, 7.5m and 10m. I haven’t been doing very much off the high boards because I’m a bit scared of heights, plus I’m a perfectionist so I want to master whatever I’m doing before I go up there. I don’t want to be belly flopping down!

 

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I’m in one of the later heats – if you tune in this Saturday night you’ll find out when you’ll be seeing me dive. Two people from each heat go through to the semi-final and then from that to the final. I’m just going to do my best, I’m not going to think about making it through. If I do my best then I’ll go away feeling like I’ve achieved something and I’ve learnt a skill. I’ve had a really good laugh and enjoyed the experience.

 

There’s a mixture of people who’ve never done it, some are scared of water and need to overcome that fear and some are scared of heights. Then you’ve got daredevils who go straight off the 10m without even thinking about it. That’s what makes it entertaining: we’re all different.

 

Tom Daley has been great to work with. He’s wonderfully talented and very encouraging – we’re learning from the best in the business. The day that I injured my toe I was meant to have my mentor session with him. He came over to have a chat with me and I decided that the show had to go on so he brought me up to the 3m board and did a few dives with me.

 

If you don’t get the dive right it can be very painful. I’ve got rather a lot of aches and bruises at the moment. When you dive off of one of the top boards you slap the water at about 30mph – if you mess it up you really know about it! The best way is just to push on though, I haven’t been put off yet.

 

Speak soon

 

Love Una xxxx

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