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Daley and Barrow confirm Southend entries

17 January 2014

International medallists Tom Daley and Sarah Barrow are confirmed to start their 2014 seasons at this month’s British Gas National Cup.

The pair will be joined by London 2012 Olympians Jack Laugher, Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree for the annual curtain raiser at Southend Leisure Centre from 31 January – 2 February.

You can follow the action from Southend with our live text updates and video interviews. Click here to register for our live page now.Daley will be aiming to land the National Cup 10m Platform title for the first time, having settled for silver in 2010 and 2011 and missed the last staging in 2012 through injury.

The Olympic silver medallist will also form a partnership with 2013 World Championship teammate Dan Goodfellow for the first time as they compete in the 3m Synchro event.

Barrow, who won European silver with synchro partner Tonia Couch last term, will aim to claim the individual 10m Platform title for the first time, having finished fourth at last year's Worlds and Europeans.

Laugher has claimed the 1m and 3m Springboard double at the past two stagings of the National Cup in 2011 and 2012 and will be going an impressive hat-trick from both boards.

Opposition is likely to come from four-time British 1m Springboard champion Oliver Dingley as well as Yona Knight-Wisdom, who competed for Jamaica at last year’s World Championships and trains with Laugher at City of Leeds Diving Club.

Gallantree, who won European 3m Synchro bronze with Blagg last season, will be aiming to secure a third title in the 3m Springboard while she teams up with 14-year old Lois Toulson to take on Barrow and Couch in the 10m Synchro.

British champion Grace Reid will be aiming to stop Gallantree in the 3m Springboard while defending 1m Springboard champion Rhea Gayle makes a long-awaited return to national competition after injury setbacks during 2012 and 2013 and will have to beat British champion Blagg to retain her title.

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While tickets are not available to the public to watch the 2014 National Cup, you can follow the action from Southend with our live text updates and video interviews. Click here to register for our live page now.

Alternatively, you can follow updates on Twitter and view reports and galleries on Facebook during the event. Use the hashtag #NatCup2014 to help spread the word.

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