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Laugher spearheads GB diving squad for European Championships

Triple Commonwealth Games champion Jack Laugher spearheads Great Britain’s diving team for the 2018 European Championships.

Laugher, who also won two medals at the recent FINA Diving World Cup in China, is one of 15 in the GB squad taking part in the event at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, from 6 to 12 August as part of Glasgow 2018.

Leeds-based Laugher, who claimed a bronze in the 3m springboard and a synchro silver alongside Chris Mears in China, said: “The pool in Edinburgh has some great memories for me as it is where I won my first Commonwealth title with Chris.

“It will be great to return and face a new challenge.”

Great Britain diving squad for 2018 European Championships:

  • Robyn Birch
  • Alicia Blagg
  • Eden Cheng
  • Matthew Dixon
  • Daniel Goodfellow
  • Ross Haslam
  • James Heatly
  • Jack Laugher
  • Matty Lee
  • Chris Mears
  • Scarlett Mew Jensen
  • Grace Reid
  • Katherine Torrance
  • Lois Toulson
  • Noah Williams

Also included in the squad are Ross Haslam and Grace Reid, who won a synchronised bronze medal at the Diving World Cup.

Sheffield-based Haslam said: “This year has already given me the chance to compete in some huge competitions around the world.

“The Commonwealth Games did not pan out the way I wanted but coming back from the World Cup with a medal is an amazing moment I will never forget.

“Now being selected for a Europeans squad will give me the chance to build on these experiences in front of a home crowd who I hope will be cheering me on.”

Alexei Evangulov, diving national performance director, said: “We have already seen some excellent performances by our divers in 2018 across the FINA Diving World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Diving World Series.

“We have established members of the team, with younger divers who have the chance to make their mark.”

Glasgow 2018 will run from 2 to 12 August and tickets are still available to purchase.