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Thomas Daley

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Born 1994

Diving competitively since September 2002

 

»    Youngest ever under 18 National Champion (aged 10 in 2004)

»    Made 2007 World Championship qualification standard (too young to compete)

»    Senior International Debut, May 2007

»    First Senior International Final, June 2007

»    2007 British Senior Diver of the Year

»    2007 BBC Young Sports Person of the Year

»    2008 World Cup Bronze medal in Synchronised Mens platform

»    2008 Youngest European Mens Platform Champion in history

»    Member 2008 Beijing Olympic Team

 

Look up “precocious talent” in the dictionary and you might just find this young man’s name there.

Spotted by a coach taking part in regular diving lessons, Thomas was pulled out and put into a competitive squad in September 2002.  He entered his first competition at the National Novice Championships in April 2003.  He won a silver medal in the 8/9 boys.

In September of the same year he went to an invitational meeting in Southampton and won gold on 1m, 3m and platform – that’s when it began . . . . .

In June 2004, he won the National Junior (under 18) Boys Platform title, at the age of 10 – the youngest ever winner of that event. 

At the 2007 British Championships, Thomas finished second in the Mens Platform behind Olympic Silver medalist Peter Waterfield. He qualified for the World Championships, but as he was too young to compete, his place was given to the 3rd ranked diver.

In May 2007, he was selected to the prestigious "Team Visa", hand picked by Sir Steve Redgrave and Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, who will be his mentors leading up to 2008 and 2012.

At the end of 2007, Thomas was voted BBC Young Sports Person of the Year, following in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Andy Murray - what an accolade!

The start of 2008 has been nothing short of astonishing.  Crowned British Champion in January, this qualified Thomas for the World Cup, where he won a bronze medal in the synchronised mens platform.  However, it was his 7th place in the individual event however catapulted him into the spotlight securing him automatic qualification for the Olympic Games in Beijing.  The second youngest British male Olympian in history.

His phenomenal success at the start of the year lead to Thomas becoming a bit of a media celebrity, with interviews on Richard & Judy, Chris Evans, GMTV and more.

However, not one to rest on his laurels, he returned from Beijing and after answering all his media demands, went back to training at his usual 110%, in preparation for the European Championships.

It was to be his most triumphant performance to date.  Spurred on by a disappointing 6th place in the synchronised platform the day before,  Thomas showed grit and determination to become the youngest European Mens Platform Champion in history, ahead of the 2007 World Champion and the 2008 World Cup Champion.

Following the retirement of Olympic Silver Medalist Leon Taylor, Thomas has been confirmed as competing in two events at the Beijing Olympics - the Mens Individual Platform and the Synchronised Mens Platform.

At the moment - it seems the only way is up!

Favourite thing to do when not diving

    Go to caravan in Newquay (Cornwall) with my family

Sporting hero

    Lance Armstrong, Alex Despatie (youngest every Commonwealth

    Champ at 13), Leon Taylor (British Olympic silver medalist)

Life ambition

    To become a Blue Peter presenter!

Most embarrassing moment

    My Dad dressing up as Elvis at EVERY diving party!!

 

Performances

7 Senior International medals

4 GB Junior International medals

26 Junior and Age Group National/British titles since 2004

PB Individual Mens Platform (optionals only), 512.05

PB Mens Synchronised Platform, 446.07

PB Individual Mens 3m (optionals only), 333.75

 

 

2008

1st, European Championships, Mens Platform, 491.96

3rd, World Cup, Mens Synchronised Platform, 446.07

7th, World Cup, Mens Platform, 480.40

3rd, Madrid FINA Diving Grand Prix, Mens Platform, 495.45

2nd, Madrid FINA Diving Grand Prix, Mens Synchronised Platform, 417.93

1st, British Championships, Mens Platform, 471.10

1st British championships, Mens Synchronised Platform, 431.25

 

2007

1st, CAMO International, Mens Synchronised Platform, 440.10

2nd, GB vs Germany International, Mens Platform, 433.90

2nd, GB vs Germany International, Synchronised Mens Platform, 410.34

1st, ASA National Championships, Senior Platform, 444.20

(also Junior Champion)

1st, ASA National Championships, Junior 3m, 328.40

(2nd Senior)

1st, ASA National Mens Synchronised platform (with Callum Johnstone, Leeds), 388.38

1st, British Championships, Junior Platform, 450.50

2nd, British Championships, Senior Platform, 450.50

2nd, British Championships, Junior Platform

4th, Madrid Fina Diving Grand Prix, 419.70 (2nd prelim, 480.05)

10th, Canada Fina Diving Grand Prix, 395.95

 

2006

8th, Aachen Junior International, 14-15 3m, 403.60

1st, British Championships, Junior Platform, 399.05

3rd, British Championships, Senior Platform, 399.05

1st, British Championships, Junior 3m, 315.20

2nd, ASA National Championships, Junior Platform, 388.55

1st, ASA National Championships, Junior 3m, 285.45

1st, ASA Elite Junior Nationals, 12-13 yrs 1m, 308.05

1st, ASA Elite Junior Nationals, 12-13 yrs 3m, 367.50

1st, ASA Elite Junior Nationals, 12-13 yrs platform, 362.90

 

2005

1st, Australian Elite Junior Nationals, Boys 14-15 Platform, 418.98

2nd, Australian Elite Junior Nationals, Boys 14-15 3m, 474.09

2nd, Aachen Junior International, Boys 14-15 platform, 350.85

3rd, Aachen Junior International, Boys 14-15 3m, 367.45

1st, British Championships, Junior Platform, 332.61

1st, ASA National Championships, Junior 3m, 503.13 (full list)

3rd, ASA National Championships, Junior Platform, 500.79 (full list)

1st, ASA National Age Groups, 9-11 yrs 1m, 246.30

1st, ASA National Age Groups, 9-11 yrs 3m, 266.80

1st, ASA National Age Groups, 9-11 yrs platform, 210.80

 

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