Noah Williams: ‘Inspiring one person would make it all worth it’August 29, 2022
Dive London Aquatics’ Noah Williams is hoping his and his teammates performances at Birmingham 2022 will inspire more youngsters to get involved in the sport.
Recently, Williams has partnered with Olympic Champion Matty Lee for the Men’s 10m Synchronised Diving events with the duo winning silver at the World Championships in Budapest before going one better with gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Williams was also able to win gold in the Mixed 10m Synchronised event at his home Games alongside Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix.
He revealed that he only got into the sport through a leaflet from Crystal Palace Diving club that he found at his school.
“I just got a leaflet and that’s how I started diving.
“I thought it looked fun so I went down and gave it a go when I was nine years old.
“I’m hoping something similar happens to those around Sandwell after the games so local people can come up through that way and get into diving.”
“It gives us the chance to inspire younger athletes”
The 22-year old took part in his second Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after winning silver in the Men’s 10m Synchronised event on his Team England debut at the 2018 Gold Coast Games.
He hopes that having an event as big as the Commonwealth Games being shown to the nation that it gets more people involved in the sport.
“With the new centre (Sandwell Aquatics Centre) that we were diving at too, it gets the locals involved a lot more.”
“Any competition that’s broadcast as much as the Commonwealth games is, gives us a chance to inspire younger athletes to get into the sport.
“I think the fact we have had such a successful Games, and the fact that it was a home Games as well, many kids in the crowd would probably want to try diving and that is really good for the sport and the future of diving because even if I or any of the other divers have been able to inspire one person then it’s all worth it.”