TOM DALEY will make his competitive synchro debut with new diving partner Matty Lee when the Plymouth Life Centre hosts the British Diving National Cup in February.
British Swimming are trying out two new men’s diving synchro partnerships for the 2019 season.
Daley will join forces with Lee, who is moving from Leeds to London, while former Plymouth diver Dan Goodfellow, who won an Olympic bronze medal with Daley off the 10m board in 2016, will switch to the three-metre event and team up with European champion Jack Laugher.
Laugher’s regular springboard partner is Chris Mears and they famously won Olympic gold together in Rio. However, Mears has decided to take a year out of the sport which has resulted in British Swimming’s switch around.
British national performance director Alexei Evangulov admitted Plymouth’s Matthew Dixon was considered as a partner for Daley, but the teenager currently does not have the degree of difficulty to match the world champion.
“We looked at several different options of who could join Tom in the 10m synchro event, including Plymouth’s Matthew Dixon and London’s Noah Williams,” said Evangulov.
“Our criteria focused heavily on having a high degree of difficulty and Matty Lee was the best fit. Lee was already looking at introducing new and harder dives and that’s why we have chosen him.
“The most efficient synchro practice happens when the pair work and train together all the time and that is why Matty has made the move to London.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the new pairs in action at next February’s National Cup.”
Tickets for the event in Plymouth will go on sale at the end of 2018.