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Olympians Return to Plymouth

On Wednesday our local Olympians  paraded through Plymouth on an open top bus.

 I was there and I felt as emotional as I did when I watched them compete, when I saw the bus approaching Royal Parade.

I took some photos with my phone as I don’t own an elaborate camera. They were, a touch, blurry but  I was happy I managed to get some pictures.

After we watched them on stage, through the crowds of people that had congregated, we decided to take a trip up onto the Hoe. A fantastic sunset greeted us.

As I said before, they were a bit blurry but the view was amazing.

Plymouth is a great place with fantastic views. I’ve lived here all my life and I still marvel at the sights.

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Not long now…I can’t wait…

The minutes are ticking away,

It’s now only less than a day.

The Opening Ceremony looms,

I envisage the fireworks’ plumes.

My excitement is building up fast,

So much so I hope it can last.

Tom Daley, Sarah Barrow, Tonia Crouch,

I will be watching from my couch.

The diving team from the South West,

In my eyes, you are the best.

Antony James a butterfly swimmer,

You, too, will be a great winner.

Whatever the outcome is,

It’s something I won’t like to miss.

Tennis, diving, athletics too,

Whoever you are I will be watching you.

2012 London Olympics,

without all the gimmicks.


Good Luck to Everyone all Over The World


Plymouth diver Tom Daley goes to the rescue…

For those who have never heard of Tom Daley, he is a Plymouth diver who has been competing from the age of  8.  He was Britain’s youngest competitor in the 2008 Summer Olympics diving from a 10 metre platform, being his speciality. 

A few days before his 18th Birthday, Tom regained his European Championship title! The city of Eindhoven was the location where he clinched the same crown at the tender age of 13.

What a present to yourself for your 18th Birthday, just 65 Days away from London 2012! (Taken  from Tom Daley.TV)

The reason for me writing about Tom today is I wanted to share with you a report I read in our local newspaper, The Herald. 

Stars dive in to help girl take plunge

A FIVE-year-old girl from Downderry took a leap of faith on her third diving lesson – after receiving a private lesson from Plymouth’s Olympic hopefuls, writes Herald reporter Tristan Nichols.

Little Ruby Davidson pulled out of a diving lesson on Saturday morning after becoming scared of the “dark water” at the Plymouth Life Centre diving pool.

  1. IN AT THE DEEP END: Tonia Couch, Tom Daley and Brooke Graddon help Ruby Davidson

    IN AT THE DEEP END: Tonia Couch, Tom Daley and Brooke Graddon help Ruby Davidson


The Sir Robert Geffery’s Primary School pupil started crying and told her mum and dad that she wanted to get changed and leave.

But Plymouth’s diving stars Tom Daley, Brooke Graddon and Tonia Couch heard her crying and tried to comfort her.

“Ruby was walking out of the changing room crying and saying she didn’t want to dive again when Tonia and Brooke followed her out,” said Ruby’s proud mum Claire Davidson.

“They were so sweet. They walked over and asked Ruby what was wrong, and then Tom joined them.

“They asked if she wanted them to go to her diving lesson with her and her face just lit up.

“She didn’t know who they were, but she was happy to have them beside her.

“She didn’t like how dark the water was and even Tom, Brooke and Tonia said it can be scary,” Claire added.

“They spent about five or 10 minutes with her and held her hand when she was jumping in.”

Claire, a 43-year-old teacher at Ridgeway School, said both her and her husband – and Ruby’s dad – Mark were “blown away” by the gesture.

“Mark had tears in his eyes, we were both just really moved by what we saw,” Claire said.

Tom Daley has had more than his fair share of problems in the last few years, the death of his father in 2011, being the biggest upset for the talented young man. Topped with that, he suffered from being bullied at school.  He has also  had a lot of flack recently from reports of him not being prepared for his competitions due to him concentrating on the media side of his career and not training as much. 

After all Tom has gone through, let’s not forget, he is only 18 years old now, surely he deserves praise for his accomplishments. I, for one, am behind him 100%.


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