Saturdays' Una Healy talks Splash! broken toe, wearing swimsuit on TV

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Splash! contestant Una Foden (née Healy) says this weekend she'll be more focused on her diving than the fact she's wearing a swimsuit on live TV.

The Saturdays star is among the celebrities competing in the fourth and final heat of the Tom Daley diving show, and will be hoping she impresses the judges enough to reach the semi final.

Una Healy appears on Loose Women to talk about Splash!, 20 January 2014

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Una appeared on Loose Women on 20 January to talk about Splash!

But, while plenty of us would be fretting about appearing nearly naked on live TV, Una told ITV's Loose Women her clothing (or lack of it) wouldn't be her number one priority.

"Everyone asks how it feels but you really don't think about being in a swimsuit because everyone is in the same boat," she explained. "It's been a great experience and it's really fun and I'm really excited for the weekend."

Una Healy and Tom Daley rehearsing for TV show Splash! - 20.12.2013

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Una has been coached by Olympic diver Tom Daley.

As with the other diving contestants, she has had her fair share of injuries, including a nasty broken toe.

"I'm covered in bruises at the moment. I broke my baby toe right at the beginning which was really unfortunate because it was the second day of boot camp. It ironically happened in the dry dive area, not the water. I landed really weird and my baby toe buckled and snapped."

Una Healy shows off her Splash! training injuries, January 2014

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Una tweeted a picture of her injuries at the weekend.

Una is no stranger to water because she was a competitive swimmer as a child, being crowned All Ireland Champion at the age of nine.

However, she said it hadn't given her an advantage over the others.

"[Swimming] kind of enticed me into [diving] because I love water and I was a competitive swimmer as a child but in a way I had to relearn to dive as a diver. Normally I dive off a starting block and you get yourself forward and out, but diving is completely different. You almost have to fall into the water."

Una Healy appears on Loose Women to talk about Splash!, 20 January 2014

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Una said she'd been watching the heats each week on ITV and had been impressed with the level of talent, particularly as it's "such a dangerous sport" and the celebrities don't get long to train.

"Tom Daley is one of the best in the world and he trains six days a week, eight hours a day. We get 20 hours. You see everybody being a novice to some people diving off the ten metre board. It's incredible."

Una will be competing against Austin Healy, Jenny Eclair, Richard Whitehead and Pollyanna Woodward when Splash! continues this Saturday night on ITV.