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Olympic diving: Jack Laugher Q&A

Young diver Jack Laugher in action
Jack Laugher competed at the 2011 World Championships

British diving isn't all about Tom Daley. At 16 years old, Jack Laugher is another young talent for Team GB and is already the British 3m springboard champion.

Jack competed in his first World Championships in Shanghai 2011 after winning double gold at the Junior Championships in 2010 and being part of the England team at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Here are his answers to the questions posed by the School Reporters from Hamble College in Hampshire. And you can find out more about the other nine contenders for the Young Sports Personality of the Year prize here.


Q: If you could have an Olympic or Paralympic ticket for 2012, which event would it be for and why?

A: Predictably I'd love to see the men's 100m final - Usian Bolt's performance in Beijing was so inspiring. I'd also like to see the women's 10m Synchro Diving as Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow came so close to a medal at the World Championships. I'd love to be there if they win a medal.

Q: Who has been the most important person to get you where you are today?

A: There have been two great people who have helped me get where I am today. Firstly, my first coach Damian Ball who coached me from the age of seven to being Junior World Champion and Junior European Champion in 2010. His fantastic coaching skills gave me the basis for what I'm doing now.

The other person is my mum who has got me to and from training for the past 10 years and is my biggest fan and support!

Q: How do you balance the usual life of a teenager with being a high achiever in sport?

A: It's quite difficult but I'm very used to it, as I've grown up without having much of a social life because of diving!

My friends at school are very supportive, in fact it's the first year this year that I've been able to celebrate my best friend's birthday with him, we've always had to try to see each other after the event so this year it was quite special.

Of course I keep up to date via text, Facebook etc so I never feel too far away even though I may be on the other side of the world. I also have lots of mates in the diving world who not only provide great friendships but also spur me on to greater things as an athlete.

Q: What do the 2012 Olympics being in London mean to you?

Competing at my first Olympics in front of a home crowd would be absolutely insane. I have had the dream of competing at an Olympic Games for so long that gaining qualification for Team GB was just so exciting. Appearing in London... I just can't imagine how exciting it will be.

A dolphin in full flight
A dolphin performs a tricky dive!

Q: If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A: Probably a dolphin because it is the closest thing to a diver!

Q: What would you like to have achieved in 10 years' time?

A: In my diving career I would have liked to have competed at London 2012, Rio 2016 and the 2020 Olympics. Hopefully by 2016 I'd be in medal contention. For me personally I'd like to be happy, fit and healthy and studying at University whilst continuing my diving training.

Q: Do you have to have a special diet for your training? If so, what do you miss most when you're on it?

A: I just have to eat healthily all of the time, but I try to have a day off a week so I can still enjoy my favourite meal: Chicken Madras curry!

Q: What music do you listen when you train?

A: I need music that keeps me pumped; I listen to drum and bass and hip-hop particularly Chase and Status, Nero and Eminem.

Q: Who was your childhood idol and why?

A: Alex Despatie, because he was a breakthrough diver and proved that you don't have to be Chinese to win!

Q: What is your worst habit?

A: Cracking my knuckles - my mum and dad hate it!



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