Jane Figueiredo shares her views on diving and Tom Daley

16 July 2014

Jane Figueiredo, Tom Daley’s new coach, tells Swimming Times about her own diving background, her opinion of the Olympic bronze medallist and her plans for the London high performance centre.

“I knew Alexei Evangulov [GB national performance director] through my work with the Russians in Houston. He contacted me and said that Tom Daley was thinking of moving to London and they wanted to start a high performance centre at the Olympic pool and would I be interested in considering the job. 

“At first I thought he was crazy. But Tom is such a phenomenal talent and an incredible guy so I couldn’t not consider it.”

The recently appointed coach further clarifies her reason for accepting the coaching role: “Having Tom to coach was one of the motivations in itself – an opportunity to work with somebody so passionate and focused. I’m sure there has been a lot of talk about him not being focused but I don’t know what they are talking about because he has been nothing but focused.”

Read the full interview in the August issue of Swimming Times. Figueiredo brings her varied background to the role. “I have been around. I’ve got a bit of everything in me. I was born in Malawi in Africa and, when I was three, I moved to Zimbabwe until I was 18. Then I moved to the USA on a diving scholarship.” 

Settling into her new role in London, she already has plans for how the performance centre fits into the development of diving.

“We would really like to develop our high performance centre where we will have diving lessons and a club programme and identify kids out of these programmes and invite them into our group, which is the high performance group.

“We really want to develop the kids in London and open the centre up for kids who want to make diving their sport. That’s going to be our goal.”

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