Daley to lead British team at World Diving Series

Daley to lead British team at World Diving Series
By Sportsbeat

11/04/2019 at 15:20

Lizzie Deignan may be about to embark on the most difficult chapter yet of her storied career – but the former Olympian insists there is no room for self-doubt as she plots her route back to the top.

World champion Tom Daley is urging home fans to spur the British team to glory after being announced as headlining the squad for the Diving World Series in London.

The London 2012 Olympic pool will host the event for the first time in four years, bringing the curtain down on the Series with a ten-strong British team eyeing silverware next month.

Among those joining Daley are Olympic champion Laugher who will contest both the individual 3m Springboard and the 3m Synchro, the latter alongside Olympic bronze medallist Dan Goodfellow.

Daley will also bid for the double, competing in the 10m Synchro alongside new partner Matty Lee, relishing the chance to return to a pool filled with memories after his London 2012 bronze medal.

"To walk out in front of a home crowd and wear that Great Britain flag on your chest is something that is so special and I dreamt of from a young age; to be able to do that on so many occasions now is an incredible privilege," he said.

"To dive in front of a home crowd is always exciting, but especially so when it's in the London 2012 pool – to rekindle some of those memories of diving in front of thousands of people, with the crowd roaring you on, will be very special.

"The support from everyone that comes to watch is so valuable in helping us raise our game, so the more people we can get down to come and watch the better the performances are going to be.

"It's the top divers in the world competing, so it's going to be a great spectacle, but for us having that home crowd advantage is going to be really special."

Last year proved a successful one for Grace Reid, and the 2018 European and Commonwealth champion is back in action across three 3m events.

Kat Torrance will once again be her synchro partner, while Robyn Birch, Eden Chang, Ross Haslam and Lois Toulson make up the remainder of the team.

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