A big welcome to Lois Toulson British and European gold medalist and Team GB Olympian as our new ambassador to The Howarth Foundation. Lois has been diving since she was seven years old and has committed much of her young life to her sport. She competed in the women’s synchronised ten metre platform event at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio having made her first senior international appearance at the 2015 European Championships and at 16 years old Lois was one of the youngest athletes to represent team GB at the Olympics.
She also competed in the first European Games where she claimed gold and she closed her season with individual gold and silver medals at FINA Grand Prix events in Singapore and Malaysia. Lois is a local girl having attended Whitcliffe Mount school in Cleckheaton but has been diving for the Leeds Diving Club from day one. After winning medals throughout her time in the junior championships, Lois made the jump to the senior competitions in 2014, winning 10m platform silver and 10m synchronised gold at the season-opening British Gas National Cup in Southend.
A year later, she won gold in the 10m platform event at the British Championships before also coming out on top at the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Lois teamed up with Tonia Couch for the 10m synchronised dive at the World Series this year and the duo are ranked fourth in the world in the event by the International Swimming Federation.
Lois is currently training for this year’s British National Championship and will be competing in Edinburgh later this month, then onto the European Championship held in Kiev in June, the World Championship in Budapest in July working toward the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia in April 2018.
The Howarth Foundation is delighted that Lois has agreed to support our charity helping the homeless back into work and we wish her every success in her next competition.