Sunday 22 October 2017

'Aches and pains' but Una Healy is ready for her big splash

The singer has been suffering ‘‘aches and pains’’ since she began training for ITV’s hit show ‘‘Splash!’’ and broke her toe just before Christmas.
The singer has been suffering ‘‘aches and pains’’ since she began training for ITV’s hit show ‘‘Splash!’’ and broke her toe just before Christmas.

Aishling Phelan

Pop star Una Healy has overcome her toe injury and is set to make a splash on TV screens this Saturday night.

The singer has been suffering ‘‘aches and pains’’ since she began training for ITV’s hit show ‘‘Splash!’’ and broke her toe just before Christmas.

However, she insists she will soldier on and dive off the feared diving board this weekend.

‘‘If you don’t get the dive right it can be very painful,’’ she wrote in her blog for Hello magazine.

‘‘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,’’ she added.

The mum-of-one said she is prepared to endure the bruises and impress viewers this weekend.

‘‘The best way is just to push on though, I haven’t been put off yet,’’ she insisted.

The Saturdays singer is taking part in the second series of ‘Splash!’ after Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards dived to victory in front of millions of viewers last year to win the first ever series.

‘‘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,’’ she explained.

After starting off with the basics, contestants move on to the 1 metre board followed by the 5m, 7.5m and 10m board during training.

‘‘Minus the injury I’m loving taking part in Splash. It’s a real challenge – there’s an awful lot to remember,’’ she said.

She admitted she wouldn’t be diving off the high board just yet because of her fear of heights.

‘‘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,’’ she said.

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