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Tom Daley

After competing in Beijing in 2008 at the age of just 14 years and 81 days, British diver Tom Daley is the second youngest member of the Team GB Olympic squad in history. A specialist in the 10-metre platform event, he is double world champion – and he’s still only 23!

Born in Plymouth on 21st May 1994 to Robert and Debbie Daley, he excelled at diving as a child. His hero was Alexandre Despatie, the Canadian diver who won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1998. Daley was a member of Plymouth Diving Club and was recognised as a talented diver from the age of seven. He was already entering international competitions by the time he was nine.

Between the ages of 11 and 14, he attended Eggbuckland Community College, before winning a scholarship to attend Plymouth College - an independent school. When his diving career began to take off, he sat his GCSEs at different times to fit around his commitments in the pool. Despite the interruptions, he still managed to pass his exams, with eight A* grades and one A grade.

He went on to study for his A-levels and sat his exams in 2012, while at the same time preparing for the London Olympics - he achieved A* in photography and A in maths and Spanish. He even persuaded supermodel Kate Moss to help with his photography A-level - she posed in Daley’s recreation of a David Hockney portrait.

Although he wasn't in the medals at the 2008 Olympics, he went on to win the FINA World Championship's individual 10-metre platform event in 2009, when he was only 15. He and Max Brick won gold in the men's 10-metre synchronised platform diving at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and he won the Olympic bronze in London in 2012 and the Mixed Team world title with his dive partner, Rebecca Gallantree, in 2015.

The Rio Olympics in 2016 saw Daley win the bronze in the men's synchronised 10-metre platform with dive partner, Daniel Goodfellow. In 2017, he won the FINA World Championship title for a second time and in the same year he went on to win World Silver in the mixed three-metre springboard synchronised championship, partnering Grace Reid.

Even though he has enjoyed massive success, he can't hide his disappointment at never having won an Olympic gold, despite being one of the favourites at Rio. He described the shock defeat as one of the lowest points of his career and admitted to feeling devastated after the event.

He is now in training for an individual Commonwealth Games title in 2018 at the Gold Coast - he says the event is a massive motivation as well as being fun. After his past success, he is also hoping for victory against the Australians in next year's synchronised diving event.

Daley has also tried his hand at being a television star, becoming a judge and mentor on the ITV programme Splash in January 2013, which saw celebrities trying to master the art of diving.

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