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Olympic silver medallist Waterfield retires from diving

19 July 2013

Olympic and World Championship medallist Pete Waterfield has announced his retirement from international diving, bringing to an end a glittering career spanning 23 years.

Waterfield's international achievements include medals at European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic level with his last international outing at the London 2012 Olympics last year where he partnered Tom Daley to a fourth place finish in the 10m Synchro.

"I’m so grateful to have had so many amazing years in the sport, doing what I love, but the time has come to hang up my trunks," - Olympic and World Championship medallist Pete WaterfieldCompeting with Leon Taylor in the 10m Synchro, he won Olympic silver in 2004 and World Championship bronze in 2005.

Waterfield also won major honours in the individual platform event, claiming Commonwealth gold in 2002 and World Cup bronze in 2012.

“I always said that I would continue diving for as long as my body allowed me to and I’m so grateful to have had so many amazing years in the sport, doing what I love, but the time has come to hang up my trunks," said Waterfield.

"As much as I tried to prepare myself for the upcoming World Championships in Barcelona, I wasn’t able to and that told me that it was time to reconsider my next steps. I’m so proud of everything I’ve achieved in my career and couldn’t ask for anything more.

“The London 2012 Olympics had such a huge impact on sport and has opened up so many more possibilities and opportunities for athletes like myself so I’m really excited to be able to pursue some of these over the next few years.

"In addition to the new projects I’m focused on, I will of course continue to support the legacy of the Games through my work with schools around the country.

"Beyond that, stepping away from the sport will allow me to spend more time with my wife and my two boys who I had to leave on so many occasions throughout the years for training camps and competitions, so that’s something I’m really looking forward to."

"The sport of diving has come on so much from when I first got into it and there’s no doubt that its future in this country is bright.

"The governing body is strong and the steps that it has taken are clearly shown in the new talent we’re continuing to bring through. I have no intention of turning my back on the sport so I very much hope to work with that up and coming talent in some shape or form in the future.

"My thanks has to go to British Swimming for looking after me so well over the years and to my coach and my family for everything they’ve done to support me throughout my career."

Lindsey Fraser, who coached Waterfield since he was nine, added: "it has been a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with such an outstanding athlete for a period of 23 years. It was an amazing journey and he has been an incredible role model throughout."

British Diving National Performance Director Alexei Evangulov said: “Peter has had an outstanding career in diving achieving on every level of competition. His silver medal in Athens was the first for Great Britain in over 40 years, which followed his gold in Manchester at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and he then went on to win bronze at the World Championships in 2005.

“Last year was a big year for everyone but it was really good to see Pete on the podium again in his last season. He took the bronze at the World Cup, he won the overall prize for 10m Synchro at the World Series and just missed out on the medals at the Olympics.

“He was an inspiration to many of the younger divers that are coming up through our programmes and will continue to inspire generations to come.

“From everyone at British Diving we want to wish him luck for the future.”

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