TOM DALEY is looking forward to diving in front of his family and friends again in Plymouth this weekend.
The platform world champion is among the big names taking part in the National Diving Cup which is being held at the Life Centre from Friday until Sunday.
The event will see Daley compete with his new synchro partner Matty Lee on Saturday and then take part in the individual competition on Sunday, which will also include Plymouth’s Matthew Dixon, Aidan Heslop, Connor West, Josh Freeman and Euan McCabe.
“It’s a bit surreal to come back here to Plymouth,” said Daley. “This is where I’m from and home up until 2012 and since then so much has changed. So it’s really nice to come back and dive in front of my family and friends.”
When Daley first started competing at senior national events there were often only four or five competitors in the field, but on Sunday the men’s platform competition has a field of 25, while there will be 30 divers in the men’s three-metre competition on Saturday.
“To see the change in numbers and the growth in participation of these events is so amazing,” said Daley. “I feel like a proud parent to see how diving has blossomed in the UK.”
In the women’s competitions, Plymouth Diving will be represented by Victoria Vincent, Summer Radcliffe, Kayleigh Sinclair, Shanice Lobb and Cody Powell-Tuckett.
BBC Sport will be showing the final sessions across their digital platforms, including iPlayer and mobile app, while the event will see British Swimming launch their new aquatics show, Deep End Live, hosted by John Mason and featuring expert punditry from Olympic champion Chris Mears and seasoned commentator Bob Ballard.
The opening session starts at 10am on Friday with the men’s and women’s one-metre prelims.