World Champion Tom Daley is one of thirteen divers set to represent England at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The 16-year-old, announced as part of the squad today by Commonwealth Games England and who won the Platform gold at the World Championships in Rome last year, will be accompanied by Olympic silver medallist, and former Commonwealth Champion, Pete Waterfield, recently crowned European bronze medallist Monique Gladding and Olympian Nick Robinson-Baker as they fight for international honours.
The team will travel to Delhi where they will contest the Commonwealth titles against the strength of Australia and Canada who, between them, secured 24 of the 30 medals on offer at the Melbourne 2006 Games.
England went home with four medals from Melbourne, including Pete Waterfield’s silver in the Men’s 10m Platform, and they will be looking to show their skills on the boards. Waterfield also took gold in Manchester in 2002 in the same event. Diver Tony Ally was England’s flag-bearer in Melbourne.
National Performance Director Alexei Evangulov commented: “This is the first time I’ve taken a team to the Commonwealth Games so I’m interested to see how the team perform.
“The preparation is going to be very important for us. The athletes have a week of rest now following on from the European Championships and then they will get back into training.
“Our toughest competition will definitely come from Australia and Canada, but Malaysia could challenge us too having medalled at the World Championships last year.”
Craig Hunter, England Chef de Mission for Delhi said: “It is with pride that we welcome such a strong diving contingent into the England team for the Games in October. We wish them every success with their final preparations for Delhi and at the Games themselves. The divers announced today are a real mix of experienced athletes like Pete Waterfield and newcomers such as 13 year old Alicia Blagg and 15 year old Jack Laugher”.
The England Diving Team consists of:
Tom Daley – born 21.05.94, Plymouth / lives Plymouth.
Max Brick – born 05.07.92, Southampton / lives Southampton.
Peter Waterfield – born 12.03.81, London / lives Southampton.
Nick Robinson-Baker – born 24.06.87, Farnborough, Surrey / lives Sheffield.
Chris Mears – born 07.02.93, Reading / lives Burghfield Common, Berkshire.
Jack Laugher – born 30.01.95, Harrogate, North Yorkshire / lives Ripon, North Yorkshire.
Oliver Dingley – born 24.11.92, Harrogate, North Yorkshire / lives Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Sarah Barrow – born 22.10.88, Plymouth / lives Leeds.
Tonia Couch – born 20.05.89, Plymouth / lives Plymouth.
Monique Gladding – born 17.06.81, Durban, South Africa / lives Sheffield.
Rebecca Gallantree – born 19.08.84, Chelmsford / lives Leeds.
Stacie Powell – born 18.12.85, Bristol / lives Cambridge.
Alicia Blagg – born 21.10.96, Wakefield / lives Leeds.
Sarah Barrow – Plymouth Diving
Tonia Couch – Plymouth Diving
Monique Gladding – City of Sheffield
Rebecca Gallantree – City of Leeds
Stacie Powell – Southampton Diving Academy
Alicia Blagg – City of Leeds
Thomas Daley – Plymouth Diving
Max Brick – Southampton Diving Academy
Peter Waterfield – Southampton Diving Academy
Nick Robinson-Baker – City of Sheffield
Christopher Mears – Southampton Diving Academy
Jack Laugher – Harrogate District Diving Club
Oliver Dingley – Harrogate District Diving Club
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