BOA announce 12 British divers selected to TeamGB for London 2012
11th June 2012
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced 12 athletes officially selected to represent Team GB in the sport of diving at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The squad includes European and Commonwealth champion Tom Daley, 18, who is selected for his second Olympics to compete in both the men’s 10m individual competition, and together with Peter Waterfield, in the men’s 10m synchronised event.
Waterfield is the most experienced British diver selected and will compete at his fourth consecutive Olympics. At the Athens 2004 Games he won Team GB’s first diving medal since 1960 alongside Leon Taylor in the 10m synchronised event.
Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow will go into London 2012 full of confidence in the women’s 10m synchronised event after making history by becoming Britain’s first women’s European Diving champions in Eindhoven last month.
Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears are selected in the men’s 3m synchronised event after claiming their third consecutive men's 3m synchro title at the British Championships, which took place in Sheffield this weekend.
One of the youngest members of the squad is Jack Laugher, 17, who demonstrated his potential by winning the British men’s 3m springboard title on Saturday and Stacie Powell helped to secure her place on Team GB with victory in the women’s 10m individual event.
- Tom Daley – 10m Platform and 10m Synchro
- Peter Waterfield – 10m Platform and 10m Synchro
- Chris Mears – 3m Springboard and 3m Synchro
- Nick Robinson-Baker – 3m Synchro
- Jack Laugher – 3m Springboard
- Alicia Blagg – 3m Synchro
- Rebecca Gallantree – 3m Synchro
- Hannah Starling – 3m Springboard
- Tonia Couch – 10m Synchro
- Sarah Barrow – 10m Synchro
- Stacie Powell – 10m Platform
- Monique Gladding – 10m Platform
NOTE: Rebecca Gallantree has also been nominated for the 3m Individual and will compete pending confirmation of Great Britain's second quota place for the event from FINA.
Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said: “British divers have recorded many exceptional results over the past four years since the last Olympic Games in Beijing and I believe the thousands of fans who will fill the fantastic London 2012 Aquatics Centre will experience some great competition this summer.
“As one of the best known faces of Team GB, Tom Daley has created a great deal of interest and excitement in diving and I am confident that the performances of all the athletes in the team will help to inspire many more people to become involved with diving and leave a lasting legacy for the sport.”
“We are delighted to welcome this talented group of divers to Team GB on the day that the number of athletes selected to Our Greatest Team passes the 200 mark.”
Team GB Diving Head Coach Alexei Evangulov said: “I am really pleased to see a strong set of athletes that have today been selected on to Team GB. We have a good mix of youth and experience on the squad with half of the athletes going to their first Olympics.
"To compete at a home Olympics is a special experience and I think that the divers will get a boost from the home crowd support.
"The results of the British Championships 2012 have impressed me greatly. I have never seen such a high quality of diving at the National competition. I am pleased to say that I am also proud of our coaches who have been so motivated. They approached this event with highest level of professionalism.
"We have also had some excellent results this year with one of our most successful showings at a FINA World Series and European Championships with medals coming in more than one event showing the depth we have within our squad.”
Tom Daley said: “I am really excited to be part of Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics. To be able to say that I will be competing in front of that home crowd is amazing.
There’ll be 17,500 people all behind us wanting us to do well and I can’t wait to hear the noise they’ll make.
“I can’t wait to see the home crowd. There’ll be 17,500 people all behind us wanting us to do well and I can’t wait to hear the noise they’ll make.
“A home Games is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I really can’t wait to get onto those boards at the Aquatics Centre again.”
Tonia Couch said: “This year has been really good for Sarah and I, we are World Cup bronze medallists and European Champions and now we are both part of Team GB for London.
“I remember Beijing so well and that was an amazing experience but I think London will top that for me. It was so loud every time the Chinese divers came out and I know it will be just as loud for us in London. The home crowd will really spur all of us on.”