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13 year old UK diving champ on way to Beijing

kippy Avatar
8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
Just caught this on Eurosports.
A Devon youngster, Tom Daley won the gold medal (with two 10-points) beating other competitors older than him. He is the youngest National Mens Platform Champion. OK so I didn't know him before but watching him dive now at the competition he showed potential of a champion talent, confidence and composure.

Road to Beijing Olympics: Tom Daley (Source: Telegraph.co.uk)
By Simon Hart
"He is just 13 years old but pint-sized Tom Daley, the diving sensation from Plymouth, could well emerge from the Beijing Olympics with a giant reputation. This week he will be in the Chinese capital attempting to qualify Olympic places for Britain and, though GB team selection will not finalised until later in the year, his precocious talent could well make him the youngest athlete ever to represent the country at a summer Olympic Games.

After taking up diving at the age of eight, he swept the board of junior titles before making an immediate impact in adult competition when he was runner-up in the 10m platform at the 2007 senior British Championships. Last year he won the senior platform title at the Amateur Swimming Association national championships and last month he added the platform title at the British Championships as well as the platform synchronised diving title with partner Blake Aldridge.

The pair had already announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with a month earlier when they beat a world-class field in Canada that included Britains silver medallists from the Athens Olympics, Leon Taylor and Pete Waterfield. It coincided with Daley winning the 2007 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award. Great things are expected of him in London in 2012 but, after reaching the minimum Olympic age of 14 just three months before the start of the Games, he will be looking to capture the worlds imagination in China.

Fact file
200406: British age-group champion 1m, 3m and platform.
2007: Runner-up 10m platform, senior British Championships; champion 10m platform (individual and synchro) ASA National Championships; BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.
2008: 10m platform champion (individual and synchro) British Championships."


He's also the Young Sports Personality of the Year 2007. You can watch his interview here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/switch/yspoty/thomas-daley.shtml)
kippy Avatar
8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
wooooh, Plymouth, only thing i have to be proud of my home town for
#2
surfer90
wooooh, Plymouth, only thing i have to be proud of my home town for


WTF?

Very sad............

There worst places to live.

Proud of Tom and quite right.
#3
ok, i haven't lived in worst places, and can't wait till i leave in spetember, all i will miss is living near some great beaches
#4
Yeah, I was watching it earlier - amazing stuff. :)
#5
I am Plymouth born and bred and proud that i have lived and worked here all my life, I suppose like most, if not all all places this time of year it can be a bit depressing but roll on the summer as i never get fed up of the surrounding area.

Plymouth Hoe
Dartmmoor
Cornwall
Devon
Beaches
Cream Teas
Pasties
Cider
Grockles
Emmetts
Argyle
Jethro
And on and on and on...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
#6
oh, i love the word Grockles
#7
what's grockles?
#8
kippy
what's grockles?


Tourists/people on holiday. :)
#9
oh thanks nighstwimmer. now i can use it extensively at work tomorrow err today. :thumbsup:
#10
And here is another bit of useful info to brighten up your day at work.

Grockles is Cornish for for holiday makers/tourists

Emmetts is Devonshire for the same.
#11
Dreckly is my favorite cornish saying lol. Until you move to Cornwall you don't realize how dreckly everything is done around here lol.
#12
saw this kid on bbc news not that long ago great to see!
#13
chrisapplegate
Dreckly is my favorite cornish saying lol. Until you move to Cornwall you don't realize how dreckly everything is done around here lol.



What's dreckly?
I've been to Cornwall twice now, each for a week with a different person. Love it there. Unfortunately train prices from London vs the long journey by motorbike (we dont have a car or a license) is putting OH off from being introduced to the beautiful south west. Any tips how to get better prices for train tickets? If we do go by bike (have checked but no bike for rent there) it will be stop stop stop so will be a two week holiday haha!

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