Tom Daley

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Synopsis

Tom Daley is an Olympic diver who won gold for Team GB alongside Matty Lee at the 2021 Tokyo Games, marking his third and highest-achieving Olympic medal to date. As well as a champion in his sport, Tom is also a husband, a father and a proud spokesperson for the LGBTQ+ community.

Biography

Tom is an English diver who won gold for Team GB in the men's synchronised 10-metre platform at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

In total, he has won 11 World, Commonwealth and European Championship gold medals, ascending to the best in his sport worldwide. In 2012, he won a bronze medal in the 10-metre platform at London 2012, adding another in the 10-metre synchronised dive alongside Dan Goodfellow at the Rio Games in 2016.

Tom delves into the ups and downs of sportsmanship. He describes the process elite athletes go through in facing and subsequently overcoming adversity, and how he has managed to do so multiple times throughout his career. In 2011 Tom's father, Robert Daley, passed away from a brain tumour. This story of grief and healing marked a defining moment in Tom's life as well as his trajectory as an athlete. Tom also describes how high-performance figures like him have been forced to adapt in a world left reeling from effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tom is a husband, a father, and an LGBTQ+ spokesperson. Following his 2021 victory in Tokyo he commented: “I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion. When I was younger I didn’t think I’d ever achieve anything because of who I was. To be an Olympic champion now just shows that you can achieve anything.”

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