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|Full name||Thomas Robert Daley|
|Born||(1994-05-21) 21 May 1994 (age 19)
|Height||177 centimetres (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||74 kilograms (160 lb)|
|Event(s)||10 m, 10 m synchro, 3 m|
|Club||Plymouth Diving Club|
Thomas Robert "Tom" Daley (born 21 May 1994) is an English diver and television personality. Daley specialises in the 10 metre platform event and was the 2009 FINA World Champion in the individual event at the age of 15. He started diving at the age of seven and is a member of Plymouth Diving Club. He has made an impact in national and international competitions from age 9. He represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics where he was Britain's youngest competitor, the youngest competitor of any nationality outside the sport of swimming, and the youngest to participate in a final. In 2009, Daley reached a career best ranking of number one in the FINA World Diving Rankings for the ten-metre platform.
He won two gold medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in the 10 metre synchro diving (with Max Brick) and the 10 m Individual Platform competition, and won the bronze medal for Great Britain in the individual competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
After his success at the 2012 Olympic Games and a summer of great sporting interest amongst the public in the UK, television network ITV approached Daley to have a role in their new celebrity diving reality TV show Splash!. Daley made his debut in the show's premiere on Saturday 5 January 2013 as a mentor to the celebrity competitors taking part.
Tom Daley's early diving hero was Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie, who won gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games at the age of 13, and British diver Leon Taylor, who later mentored him. Daley was spotted by a coach, taking part in regular diving lessons, and was placed in a competitive squad in September 2002. His first competition was the National Novice Championships in April 2003 where he won a medal in the 8/9 year old boys' category. In September 2003, he took part in an invitational event in Southampton where he won the 1 m, 3 m and platform events, and first made his mark on the wider audience. Daley won his age group at the British Championships in the 1 m springboard, the 3 m springboard, and platform in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
In June 2004, the month after his tenth birthday,] he won the platform competition in the National Junior (under 18) group, making him the youngest winner of that event. In 2005 Daley competed as a guest competitor in the Australian Elite Junior Nationals and placed first in platform and second in 3 m springboard in the 14-15 age group event. He also competed in the 14-15 category at the 2005 Aachen Junior International, placing second in platform and third in 3 m springboard. He met the qualification standard for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, but was not selected for the England team because of his age. In 2006, he was the under-18 British champion in platform and 3m springboard, and he placed second in the 10 m platform at the 2007 senior British Championships, which were held in December 2006.
In January 2007, at the age of twelve, Daley was a special dispensation to compete at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. The usual minimum age is fifteen. Competing with a persistent thumb injury, Daley won the silver medal with synchro-partner Callum Johnstone in the 10-metre synchronised-diving final.
Later in 2007, he won the senior platform title at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) National Championships, the national championship for English divers. In 2007 he also began to compete on FINA's international diving circuit of Grand Prix and World Series events, twice finishing fourth in individual competition.
In January 2008, Daley won the 10 m platform event at the British Championships to become the youngest winner of the senior British 10 m title. He also won the 10 m platform synchro title with new partner Blake Aldridge.
Two weeks later, Daley won his first medals on the FINA circuit, winning a bronze in the individual platform competition and a silver in synchro at the Madrid Grand Prix. Daley and Aldridge won bronze in synchro at the 2008 FINA Diving World Cup. Their score was a British record and Daley became the youngest ever male medallist in a world diving event. Daley came seventh in the individual competition. In March 2008, Daley became the youngest person to win a gold medal at the European Championships, held in Eindhoven.The previous youngest winner was the Scottish swimmer Ian Black, who won a European gold in 1958 at the age of 17.
Daley qualified for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in the individual 10 metre dive competition and, following the retirement of 2004 silver medallist Leon Taylor, in the 10 metre platform synchro competition. It was initially claimed by the British media that in competing he would become the youngest-ever male British Olympian, until it was ascertained that Ken Lester, cox to the rowing pair at the 1960 Olympic Games, had been 13 years and 144 days old at the time. In the Olympic synchronised 10 metre platform competition, they placed 8th, while in the individual 10 metre platform competition he finished 7th.
A month after his appearance at the Olympics, Daley participated in the FINA Junior World Championships for the first time (being too young to enter before). He finished second in the category "B" platform competition (for 14- and 15-year-old boys) with 549.60 points, between China's Qiu Bo (551.85 points) and Wu Dongliang (474.00 points). He came second in the 3-metre springboard competition in the same category with 485.25 points, sandwiched between the two Chinese divers, Wu Dongliang (510.25 points) and Wang Peng (470.40 points).
Daley won the 2007 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Young Personality award. He was considered a medal prospect for the 2012 Olympic Games in London from this time, and was one of the British Olympians being tracked through the years leading up to London 2012 by the BBC television series Olympic Dreams.
In February 2009, Daley retained his individual British 10 m championship, setting a competition personal best score of 517.55 points, 133.45 points ahead of the second-placed diver. He was unable to defend his 10 m synchronised title, as his dive partner Blake Aldridge had been injured in a brawl at a nightclub several days before the championships and was unable to dive. In March 2009 he improved his personal best to 540.70 in coming third at a Diving World Series event in China, and the following month he improved it to 540.85 while finishing second at the World Series event in Sheffield.
During the Olympics Daley had a row with diving partner Blake Aldridge when the latter phoned his mother between rounds. When Aldridge missed the British Championships because of the injury sustained in the nightclub incident, Daley's father said he'd like his son to have a different diving partner. In April 2009 he started to dive with Max Brick, who is two years his senior, compared with the twelve-year gap with Aldridge. The pair achieved a silver medal in the 10m synchronised event at Fort Lauderdale on 8 May 2009. Daley won the individual event in a new personal best of 554.90, scoring a perfect set of seven 10s for one of his dives.
In the 2009 FINA World Championships, held in Rome, Daley unexpectedly won the individual platform title despite his lower tariff, with a score of 539.85 points, when his opponents had poor final dives - Qiu Bo finished on 532.20 points, Zhou Luxin on 530.55] In the 10 m platform synchronised event at the World Championships, Daley and Brick finished in 9th place following an inconsistent series of dives by the new pairing.
In the February 2010 British Championships individual 10 m competition, Daley unveiled his 5255B dive (back two-and-a-half somersault, two-and-a-half twists) in competition for the first time, giving him a 3.6 tariff dive (reduced from 3.8 in FINAs' September 2009 DD tables). In this competition Daley finished in 2nd place, 40.05 points behind Peter Waterfield.
In the March 2010 FINA Diving World Series event in Qingdao individual 10 m competition, Daley showcased his two new dives and finished in 4th place, 520.35 points (his best score of the year).
In the first April 2010 FINA Diving World Series event held in Veracruz, Mexico, Daley failed to qualify for the final round of the individual 10 m competition, but in the second event held in the same venue three days later (to replace the Sheffield DWS event which was cancelled because of the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull), Daley finished in 4th place, with a score of 519.70 points - his second highest score of the season (just 0.8 points away from bronze).
In August 2010, Daley attended the European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, intending to defend his individual 10m title. However, an injury to his triceps muscle in the 10m synchro competition forced his withdrawal from both the synchro and individual 10m competitions, and placed his participation in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in the following two weeks in doubt. It was later announced that Daley would dive in the 3m springboard but not in the 10m platform. Daley took part in the 3m springboard diving competition and finished in 9th place.
On 12 October 2010, Daley attended the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India and he, together with his teammate Max Brick, won the gold medal for Synchronised 10m Platform Competition. The following day he also won gold in the 10m Individual Platform competition.
In November 2010, Daley was announced as one of the nominated sportsmen for both the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010 and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2010. He went on to win BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2010 for the third time in his career, and is the first person to receive this award three times.
For the 2011 season, Daley was paired in the synchronised competitions with 2004 Athens Olympic silver medallist Peter Waterfield in British Swimming's continuing efforts to find the best synchro pairing for the 2012 Olympics. At the 2011 National Cup, the British Championship was held in the new Southend Swimming and Diving Centre on 28–30 January and Daley came 2nd in the 3m springboard competition behind Jack Laugher and, together with Waterfield, won the 10m platform synchronised competition. The following day, Waterfield beat Daley to the individual 10m platform title for the second successive year, by 494.25 points to 472.35, with Max Brick third with 399.80.
In the 2011 World Championships, held in Shanghai, China, he was again paired with Waterfield in the 10m synchro event, however in the week before the competition Waterfield was struck by a flu-like illness for five days, and consequently they finished in 6th place.] In the individual event, Daley finished in 5th place on 505.10 points, behind Qiu Bo (585.45), David Boudia (544.25), Sascha Klein (534.50), and Victor Minibaev (527.50).
On 27 July 2011, Daley took the first dive in London's newly built Olympic Park Aquatics Centre marking the one year countdown until the games begin. It was broadcast live on BBC One and when interviewed he said "Marking the one year to go, by diving in the Aquatics Centre is an incredible honour. Only a few years ago, this was a distant dream. The fact that I qualified at the weekend and am taking the first dive is a complete privilege. I can't wait for next year and the honour of representing Team GB."
In the 2012 season, a thumb injury forced Daley's withdrawal from the National Cup a few days before the competition (the 10m platform title was won by Max Brick). In February 2012 British Diving's Performance Director Alexei Evangulov criticised Daley's work ethic, stating that he feared Daley's media and commercial activities were to the detriment of his training for the Olympics - a comment which was seemingly backed up when Daley and Pete Waterfield could only finish 7th in the 10m synchro competition in the FINA World Cup event held in London's Olympic Aquatics Centre.
Following a clear-the-air meeting between Daley, Evangulov, and Daley's representatives, Daley went on to participate in the 2012 FINA Diving World Series - in the first event held in Dubai, Daley and Waterfield finished 4th in the 10m synchro event, while Daley won silver in the individual 10m event. In the event held in Beijing a week later, Daley and Waterfield won the silver medal in the 10m synchro event, while in the individual event Daley won silver and Waterfield the bronze. Three weeks later, in the Moscow event, Daley won silver in the individual platform event, while the pairing finished 5th in the synchro. In the final DWS meet of the year, in Tijuana, Mexico, Daley won gold in the individual platform event, and the pairing with Waterfield won bronze in the synchro event, although the Chinese did not compete in these events at this meet. Over the whole 2012 Diving World Series, Daley and the Daley/Waterfield pairing won both the overall individual and synchro 10 metre competitions.
In April 2012, Daley won the British elite juniors 10 metre platform title by a margin of 140 points at the Plymouth Life Centre.
In the British Gas Diving Championships held in Sheffield in June 2012, which were also the Olympic trials, Daley and Waterfield won the 10m synchro platform title with a new British record score of 475.77, more than 140 points ahead of silver medallists Daniel Goodfellow and Ross Haslam on 333.72. In the individual 10m championship, Daley regained the title for the first time since 2009 with a score of 547.60, ahead of Peter Waterfield on 452.80 and James Denny on 390.20.
In Britain Daley had long been considered one of the "poster boys" of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, (literally - an 80-foot tall banner depicting him adorned the John Lewis department store in Cardiff, while a 40-foot tall banner of his female equivalent, heptathlete Jessica Ennis, was on the Sheffield branch of the store chain.)
It was hoped that the 10-metre men's synchronised platform event, on the first Monday of the Games, would provide Daley and Waterfield with an opportunity to supply Team GB's first medal of the Games. However, while the pairing was leading the competition after three dives, a poor reverse 3 1/2 somersaults with tuck in the fourth round put them out of contention and they ended the competition in fourth place on 454.65 points, behind the Chinese pairing of Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan on 486.78 points, the Mexican pairing of Iván García and Germán Sánchez on 468.90 points, and the US pairing of David Boudia and Nicholas McCrory on 463.47 points. Following this disappointment, there was controversy when Daley was the subject of some abusive Twitter messages, which resulted in the police arresting a 17-year-old boy in Weymouth, Dorset, and a 28-year-old professional footballer for publishing offensive messages.
Returning to the Aquatics Centre on the final Friday of the Games for the 10-metre men's platform event, Daley initially gave his fans cause for concern with a poor performance in the preliminary round where he was ranked 15th of the 18 qualifying divers for the semifinal with 448.45 points (the eventual gold medal winner, David Boudia, ranked 18th). A much better performance in the semifinals the next morning left Daley in fourth position on 521.10 points, behind Qiu Bo on 563.55, Lin Yue on 541.80, and Boudia on 531.15. The final round began in dramatic form when Daley's star status almost led to his undoing - a large number of camera flashes while he was diving distracted him and he only scored 75 points; a protest to the referee resulted in him being allowed to retake the dive, when he scored 91.80. By the beginning of the final round of dives in an enthralling contest, Daley was in the lead over Qiu Bo and David Boudia by 0.15 points, but Daley's final dive had a degree of difficulty of only 3.3 while his rivals both had 3.6 dives, and Daley won the bronze medal with 556.95 points while Boudia won gold with 568.65 points and Qiu Bo won silver with 566.85 points.
At the 19th FINA World Junior Diving Championships, held in October 2012 in Adelaide, Australia, Daley lead a strong British team and rather unexpectedly won the Boys "A" 3m synchronised springboard competition together with Jack Laugher, who had previously won the individual 3m competition, despite the pair only having a minimal amount of practice together. Daley and Laugher scored 338.85 points, over 30 points ahead of Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim Popkov.
In January 2013, Daley was involved in the ITV celebrity diving show Splash!, where he was an expert adviser to the celebrity contestants. While the show got a largely negative critical response, it nevertheless got the largest ratings on each of the five Saturday nights it was broadcast, and was renewed for a second season in 2014.
At the British Gas Diving Championships held at his home pool in Plymouth on 8–10 February, Daley only competed in the individual 10 metre platform event, which he won with 501.00 points, ahead of James Denny on 374.90 points and Daniel Goodfellow on 340.25 points. Daley did not compete in the 10m synchro platform event, as his parter Peter Waterfield had lost his funding following the Olympic Games, and his future synchro partner had yet to be determined.
Daley's participation in competitive diving in 2013 was seriously restricted by an injury in May. In April he won the 10m competition at the Edinburgh, Scotland, leg of the Diving World Series, but while subsequently training for the Diving Grand Prix event at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Daley injured his elbow and was forced to withdraw from the Fort Lauderdale competition and the subsequent DWS event in Mexico. In training for the 2013 World Championships, in Barcelona, Daley suffered a torn triceps for the third time, and only competed following intense medical attention and painkilling injections; he finished the individual 10m competition in 6th place.
|Olympic Games, 10 m||7th||3rd|
|Olympic Games, 10 m (synchro)||8th†||4th@|
|Summer Youth Olympics, 3m||9th|
|FINA World Championships, 10 m||1st||5th||6th|
|FINA World Championships, 10 m (synchro)||9th§||6th@|
|FINA Junior Diving World Championships, 3 m synchro ("A")||1st?|
|FINA Junior Diving World Championships, 3 m ("B")||2nd|
|FINA Junior Diving World Championships, Boys 10 m Platform||2nd||1st|
|European Championships, 10 m||1st||1st|
|European Championships, 10 m (synchro)||6th†|
|Commonwealth Games, 10 m||1st|
|Commonwealth Games, 10 m (synchro)||1st§|
|British Championships, 10 m||3rd||2nd||1st||1st||2nd||2nd||1st||1st|
|British Championships, 10 m (synchro)||1st†||1st@||1st@|
|British Championships, 10 m (Junior)||1st||1st||1st||1st|
|British Championships, 3 m||2nd|
|British Championships, 3 m (Junior)||4th|
|British Championships, 1 m||17th|
|FINA Diving World Series, Dubai, UAE, 10 m||2nd|
|FINA Diving World Series, Dubai, UAE, 10 m (synchro)||4th@|
|FINA Diving World Series, Doha, Qatar, 10 m||6th|
|FINA Diving World Series, Changzhou, China, 10 m||3rd|
|FINA Diving World Series, Nanjing, China, 10 m||4th|
|FINA Diving World Series, Qingdao, China, 10 m||4th|
|FINA Diving World Series, Beijing, China, 10 m||3rd@||2nd|
|FINA Diving World Series, Beijing, China, 10 m (synchro)||2nd@|
|FINA Diving World Series, Moscow, Russia, 10 m||5th||2nd|
|FINA Diving World Series, Moscow, Russia, 10 m (synchro)||5th@|
|FINA Diving World Series, Tijuana, Mexico, 10 m||5th||1st|
|FINA Diving World Series, Tijuana, Mexico, 10 m (synchro)||5th†||3rd@|
|FINA Diving World Series, Veracruz, Mexico, 10 m||4th|
|FINA Diving World Series, Guanajuato, Mexico, 10 m||2nd|
|FINA Diving World Series, Guanajuato, Mexico, 10 m (synchro)||4th @|
|FINA Diving World Series, Edinburgh, UK, 10 m||1st|
|FINA Diving World Series, Sheffield, UK, 10 m||4th||2nd||2nd||4th|
|FINA Diving World Series, Sheffield, UK, 10 m (synchro)||5th†||1st†||5th§||1st@|
|FINA Diving Grand Prix, Fort Lauderdale, USA, 10 m||1st|
|FINA Diving Grand Prix, Fort Lauderdale, USA, 10 m (synchro)||2nd§|
|FINA Diving Grand Prix, Madrid, 10 m||4th|
|FINA Diving Grand Prix, Canada, 10 m||10th|
|ASA National Championships, 10 m||1st|
|ASA National Championships, 10 m (synchro)||1st|
|ASA National Championships, 10 m (Junior)||2nd||1st|
|ASA National Championships, 3 m (Junior)||1st||1st||1st|
|ASA National Championships, 3 m||2nd||5th|
|ASA Elite Junior National Championships, 1 m||1st|
|ASA Elite Junior National Championships, 3 m||1st|
|ASA Elite Junior National Championships, 10 m||1st|
|CAMO Invitational Meet, 10 m||6th|
|CAMO Invitational Meet, 10 m (synchro)||1st†|
|Australian Junior Elite Diving Championships, 10 m||1st|
|Australian Junior Elite Diving Championships, 3 m||2nd|
|Aachen Junior International, 10 m||2nd|
|Aachen Junior International, 3 m||3rd|
Daley's father, Robert, died from a brain tumour on 27 May 2011, aged 40.
On 2 December 2013, Daley released a YouTube video announcing that he has been in a relationship with a man since early that year. He said: "I still fancy girls, but at the moment I've never been happier." Daley later said it was a tough decision to speak out about his private life. He said: "I'd never felt the feeling of love, it happened so quickly, I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can't get him out of my head all the time."
From age 11 to 14 Daley attended Eggbuckland Community College. At 13 he became a celebrity supporter of ChildLine, a children's helpline run by the NSPCC, and at that time it was revealed that he had been bullied eighteen months earlier. In April 2009, Daley alleged to Plymouth's main local newspaper The Herald that he had been regularly bullied at school since the Olympics, and his father told the BBC that he had temporarily withdrawn him from that school because its response to the problem had been ineffective. Daley was praised in the media for speaking out about the problem.
Daley was offered a full scholarship to board at independent school Brighton College, but his father turned this down due to the distance from home, and entered negotiations with local independent school Plymouth College, which had offered him a "very significant scholarship". A few weeks later it was confirmed that Daley had enrolled at Plymouth College.
Daley took his GCSEs in small batches to fit around his diving commitments. He persuaded supermodel Kate Moss to pose for a recreation of an original portrait by David Hockney, as part of a GCSE photography project recreating great works of art, after meeting her on a photo shoot for the Italian version of Vogue. Daley obtained one A and eight A* grades in his GCSEs.
In 2012, Daley finished his two-year A-level studies in mathematics, Spanish and photography. Daley decided not to undertake an International Baccalaureate course because of the pressures he faced in his preparation for the 2012 Olympics. He received an A* in his photography A-level, and an A in his Spanish and maths A-levels.
|2006||BBC Sports Personality of the Year||Young Sports Personality of the Year||Tom Daley||Nominated|
|2007||BBC Sports Personality of the Year||Young Sports Personality of the Year||Tom Daley||Won|
|2007||The Herald Awards||Sports Personality of the Year||Tom Daley||Won|
|2008||BBC Sports Personality of the Year||Young Sports Personality of the Year||Tom Daley||Nominated|
|2009||BBC Sports Personality of the Year||Sports Personality of the Year||Tom Daley||Nominated|
|2009||BBC Sports Personality of the Year||Young Sports Personality of the Year||Tom Daley||Won|
|2009||Daily Telegraph/Aviva School Sport Matters Awards||Student of the Year (Male)||Tom Daley||Won|
|2009||The Herald Awards||Sports Personality of the Year||Tom Daley||Won|
|2010||BBC Teen Radio 1 Awards||Best Sports Star||Tom Daley||Won|
|2010||BBC Sports Personality of the Year||Sports Personality of the Year||Tom Daley||Nominated|
|2010||BBC Sports Personality of the Year||Young Sports Personality of the Year||Tom Daley||Won|
|2010||Laureus World Sports Awards||Breakthrough of the Year||Tom Daley||Nominated|
|2011||BBC Teen Radio 1 Awards||Best Young Sports Star||Tom Daley||Won|
|2012||BBC Teen Radio 1 Awards||Best British Sports Star||Tom Daley||Won|
|2012||BBC Teen Radio 1 Awards||Male Hottie of the Year||Tom Daley||Won|
|2012||The Herald Awards||Sports Personality of the Year||Tom Daley||Won|
|2013||UK Kids Choice Awards||Favourite UK Sports Star||Tom Daley||Won|
Britain's diving wonderboy