Splash! 2014's Gemma Merna is scared of water!

Gemma Merna (Splash 2014)

Splash! 2014 contestant Gemma Merna has revealed she's scared of water!

The Hollyoaks star will be diving live in front of millions tonight as the new series kicks off, but it's been a hard journey for Gemma to even get to the pool.

She explained this week: "As a kid, I was pushed into a pool and I didn't come up for ages. Ever since, I've not wanted to be in the water or put my head underwater.

"It makes me hyperventilate.

"I'll turn 30 in 2014, so I wanted to challenge myself to get over my fear."

Fortunately it's been so far so good in training, with Gemma admitting she was now starting to like being in the water.

She said: "I'm enjoying it, actually. If someone had told me a year ago that I'd be doing this, I'd have said 'No way!' It's fantastic and shows how powerful your mind is."

The 29-year-old added of mentor Tom Daley: "I've seem him a few time and he's really lovely."

Splash! 2014 will start this Saturday night with its first heat on ITV.

Competing in the first heat alongside Gemma will be Diversity star Perri Kiely, TOWIE’s Gemma Collins, TV presenter Michaela Strachan and Eastenders actor Ricky Groves.

Browse pictures of the first line up below...

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