Daley delighted with progress after London switch

30 December 2014 / 16:12

Almost one year on from making the move to train at the London Aquatics Centre, Tom Daley believes he is already reaping the rewards from his new regime.

The Olympic bronze medallist made the move in January and teamed up with new coach Jane Figueiredo ahead of a busy year of competition.

After a bronze in the 10m platform at the FINA Diving World Series in Beijing, Daley took fifth place in his home pool before taking gold in the Commonwealth Games.

And silver at the European Championships in Berlin capped a busy season for the 20-year-old who says the Olympic glory remains his ultimate ambition.

“It was great to be back competing at the Aquatics Centre for the World Series,” he said.

“The home crowd really got behind the British divers and I’m looking forward to competing back here again.

“I won Olympic bronze in this pool so being here every day and then getting to taste a little bit of what the Games were like in competition really drives me on.

“The Rio Olympics are getting closer and my focus always remains on them.

“For me, being able to retain my 10m Commonwealth Games title was a massive highlight after a long season.

“The pool was great and the crowd really got behind all of us. I remember the noise of the crowd once I’d finished my last dive and it was so loud. Having all of my family there was amazing too.

“The event was tough and I had a lot of pressure on me to win. It had been a long season and was tiring but to come away with the gold and win by such a margin was awesome.”

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