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.
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%.