The most successful diver at last summer’s Commonwealth Games, Jack Laugher insists he has no intention of slowing down just yet with a hat-trick of golds in 2018 firmly in his sights.
Laugher was making his second Games appearance in Scotland last year, following on from his debut as a 15-year-old at Delhi 2010.
But while his trip to India was more of an experience-gaining mission, Laugher certainly made a splash at Glasgow 2014 with a trio of medals.
A first ever Commonwealth title arrived in the 1m springboard before he followed that up with silver in the 3m springboard and a second gold in the 3m synchro, alongside close friend and house mate Chris Mears.
Mears will be 23 the next time the Games comes round on the Gold Coast in 2018, the age at when divers are traditionally seen to be in their prime.
And while he has now realised a long held ambition of climbing the top spot of the medal rostrum at a Commonwealth Games, Laugher insists there will still be room for more silverware in his medal collection in three years time.
“To win two Commonwealth golds was what you dream of as a kid and it really was the pinnacle,” he said.
“It was a great feeling but there’s still some work to do. I got two golds and a silver, not that I am disappointed with that, but it give me something to aim for, I want three golds at the Games.”
“I’m definitely keen to go the Gold Coast, without any doubt. I’ll only be 23 then which is still pretty young for a diver.
“I went out to Delhi when I was 15. It was a great eye opener for me. Delhi was more about the experience than the results but it meant I could get that valuable experience for Glasgow.
“It was really good to see the team do so well in Glasgow and to win as many diving medals as we did. There was a really good atmosphere in the hotel.
“The Commonwealth Games is a hard competition for divers. You have got the likes of Canada, Australia, Malaysia all there with England. They are huge diving countries so it makes it a really hard event and big competition for us.”
It was not just at the Commonwealth Games where Laugher tasted success either with the diver collecting no less than ten international medals throughout 2014.
A well-earned rest following this winter, although the new season is fast approaching with Laugher in action at this weekend’s British Diving Championships in Plymouth.
And with a new dive added to his repertoire, he is confident of showing last year’s triumphs were the first of many.
“My new dive is coming along well, I’m excited to do it. It was great to get so many medals last year but I want to stay up there and be winning golds so it’s about increasing the difficulties on the dive list,” he added.
“Last year was the best year of my career and it’s about building on that this year. It’s important to get off to a good start this weekend. I’m looking forward to, it should be good in front of the Plymouth crowd.”
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