Laugher all smiles ahead of Edinburgh return

Olympic champion Jack Laugher is looking forward to returning to familiar boards when he returns to Edinburgh for the 2018 European Championships.

The 23-year-old diver won his first two Commonwealth Games titles – the 1m springboard and 3m synchro alongside partner Chris Mears – in the Scottish capital in 2014.

On August 3-12, Laugher will be part of the 15-strong Great Britain squad vying for European glory once again and the Yorkshireman has his fingers crossed that familiarity will be just the ticket.

“The pool in Edinburgh has some great memories for me as it is where I won my first Commonwealth title with Chris,” said Laugher, who won two medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – including 3m synchro gold alongside Mears – and three golds at this year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

“It will be great to return and face a new challenge.”

Laugher and Mears won synchro silver earlier this month at the World Cup in Wuhan, China, with the former also taking bronze in the 3m event.

Ross Haslam and Grace Reid also came home from China with a mixed synchronised bronze to show for their efforts and they will be looking to build on that success in front of British supporters.

Haslam, 20, said: “This year has already given me the chance to compete in some huge competitions around the world.

“The Commonwealth Games did not pan out the way I wanted but coming back from the World Cup with a medal is an amazing moment I will never forget.

“Now being selected for a Europeans squad will give me the chance to build on these experiences in front of a home crowd, who I hope will be cheering me on.”

The diving competition – and other aquatics events – will take place as part of the inaugural multi-sport European Championships.

Cycling, gymnastics, golf, rowing and triathlon are the other sports where European titles will be up for grabs in Scotland while athletics events will also be taking place in Berlin.

Great Britain team for the 2018 European Championships:

Robyn Birch

Alicia Blagg

Eden Cheng

Matthew Dixon

Daniel Goodfellow

Ross Haslam

James Heatly

Jack Laugher

Matty Lee

Chris Mears

Scarlett Mew Jensen

Grace Reid

Katherine Torrance

Lois Toulson

Noah Williams

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