Better late than never for Matty Lee

English diver Matty Lee will be making his Commonwealth Games debut in Australia – four years later than he originally planned.

Lee was picked to compete in Glasgow in 2014 but injury scuppered his chances of competing in the event.

Matty Lee
  • Date of Birth: 05/03/1995
  • Club: City of Leeds Diving Club
  • Coach: Marc Holdsworth
  • CWG: Making debut at Gold Coast 2018.

But the City of Leeds diver has since seen his senior career blossom, winning Team Event bronze at the 2016 European Championships in London.

Having also added a silver medal in the mixed 10m synchro alongside Lois Toulson at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Lee admits he has his sights set on more glory on Australia’s Gold Coast.

“It feels really good to be representing England,” said Lee.

“This is my first Commonwealth Games. I was meant to be going to Glasgow but because of injuries I couldn’t go but I’m very happy to be going to this one.

“I’ve only been to a multi-sport event once before and that was a European Games. It’s a nice vibe in the village.

“I normally just go away with diving so I know everyone already and love them to bits, but it’s nice to have even more people supporting you and meet more people.”

Lee prepared for tricky conditions

Lee and his fellow Team England divers will be competing in an outdoor pool at the Optus Aquatic Centre.

“Competing in an outdoor pool isn’t the best,” said Lee. “We much prefer indoor pools.

“There are a lot of things to think about. But everyone’s in the same boat and everyone’s competing in the same pool so you’ve just got to ignore it.

“If it’s too windy, the referee will understand and say take a step back. It’s going to be tricky but we’ll be alright.

“I’m feeling confident. I had a really good year last year getting personal bests and making a final at the World Champs. I’m hoping to get a medal for sure. I want to be on that podium.

“Luckily, my mum, dad, brother and potentially granny will be coming out to Australia and I hope some of my mates will stay up and watch me. But I’m really happy my family are coming out to see me.”