Team England’s Commonwealth diving squad revealed
13 June 2014
Commonwealth Games England has revealed a team of 15 divers to compete at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, making up one of the largest Team England diving squads ever put forward.
Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley will be returning to the Commonwealth Games, having won two gold medals in the 2010 Games in Delhi, while Olympic finalists Tonia Couch, Sarah Barrow and Chris Mears are also included.
See the Team England swimming squad line-up hereWhile Daley is no stranger to taking part in large international competitions, he is looking forward to competing in the UK once again.
“I am really excited about the chance to compete at my second Commonwealth Games,” Daley said in an interview, “Delhi was a great experience and to come home with two gold medals was a dream come true.
“I think Glasgow will be an amazing host for the Games and know they will put on a great show. I want to go into the competition and try to retain my title. The Games are a great chance to get yourself into a multi-sport mindset just two years ahead of the Olympics.”
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be the third games for European silver medallists, Couch and Barrow, both having previously competed in Delhi and Melbourne. They have shown great form in the lead up to their selection, both getting medals in the FINA/NVC Diving World Series.
Mears may have missed out on a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, but he intends to show that he and his 3m Synchro partner, Jack Laugher, are a force to contend with on the international stage.
"To be named as part of Team England is just amazing" - Freddie WoodwardFreddie Woodward is one of the few athletes making his debut appearance at the Commonwealth Games and is excited to be picked to compete in such a large scale event in his first season as a senior athlete.
Woodward said: “To be named as part of Team England is just amazing, this is the first big selection of my career so I am delighted.
“In diving you don’t get the chance to represent England very often and this is a real honour for me. This season has gone so well for me so I want to keep doing what I’m doing, keep working hard and focusing on being at the Games. I really can’t wait to get out there on those boards.”
Team England Chef de Mission Jan Paterson said: "This is a superb squad of divers that I'm delighted to welcome to Team England. We have a great mix of experience and talent who I'm sure will do the nation proud this summer and I'd like to congratulate all of them on their selection."
The line-up for Team England's Diving squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
- Thomas Daley (London)
- Matthew Dixon (Plymouth Diving)
- Daniel Goodfellow (Plymouth Diving)
- Matty Lee (City of Leeds)
- Jack Laugher (City of Leeds)
- Chris Mears (City of Leeds)
- James Denny (City of Leeds)
- Nicholas Robinson-Baker (City of Sheffield)
- Freddie Woodward (City of Sheffield)
- Oliver Dingley (Southend Diving)
- Tonia Couch (Plymouth Diving)
- Sarah Barrow (Plymouth Diving)
- Rebecca Gallantree (City of Leeds)
- Hannah Starling (City of Leeds)
- Alicia Blagg (City of Leeds)
Diving at the Commonwealth Games takes place at Royal Commonwealth Pool Edinburgh from 30th July to the 2nd August 2014.