English divers set for Diving World Series 2016March 9, 2016
Six English divers have been named on the British Diving Team for the first leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2016 in Beijing (11-13 March).
Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley will be in action on day one with new synchro partner Dan Goodfellow. The pair will be competing for the first time on the World Series circuit after securing gold and an Olympic quota place for Great Britain in Rio last month.
Daley will then have to wait until the final day of competition to compete in the individual 10m Platform event.
Double world bronze medallist Jack Laugher, who won the overall World Series crown for 3m Springboard in 2015, will return to individual action after only competing in the synchro at the Diving World Cup in Rio last month.
In the 3m synchro event, Laugher will team with City of Leeds teammate Chris Mears, with whom he secured bronze at the 2015 World Championships.
The team will then move on Dubai to compete in the second leg of the series from 17 – 19 March.
World Series vital for competition exposure in Olympic year
“The Diving World Series 2016 is vital for competition exposure in an Olympic year ahead of the Games,” said Alexei Evangulov, British Swimming National Performance Director.
“We have a strong team travelling over there and all but two of them have won medals on the circuit before.
“To compete at this standard regularly allows the divers to be at their best when they need to be in the summer.
“This year is a big year for all of us and we grasp every opportunity to prepare which is why we are also using the European Championships as a vital competitive opportunity.
“It’ll be one of the biggest events on our calendar and to have it on home soil will be really important because the divers will feed off the home crowd.”