Daley getting back in the water

28 September 2012 / 16:53

Tom Daley will return to the pool for the first time as an Olympic medallist at next month's World Junior Diving Championships in Australia.

The 18-year-old won an emotional bronze medal in the 10 metre platform at the London Olympics, which he immediately dedicated to his late father Robert who died of brain cancer in May 2011.

Daley will return to action when he headlines a strong 12-member British team that also includes London Olympians Jack Laugher, Alicia Blagg and Hannah Starling. Daley is set to fly out with the team on Monday before the six-day meet begins in Adelaide on October 8.

The former world champion will compete in the 10m platform, where he is likely to resume his rivalry with China's Qiu Bo who won silver behind David Boudia in London.

Daley is also set to make a rare appearance on the 3m springboard where he will partner Laugher in the synchro after the pair trained together in Plymouth during the past month.

"I'm looking forward to competing again at the World Junior Championships in Australia," said Daley, who won platform silver behind Qiu at the World Junior Championships four years ago.

"I have been on good form this year and winning my Olympic bronze medal has definitely been my highlight. The World Juniors is always a high standard of competition though so I will be going into the event aiming to perform my six dives to the best of my ability.

"We have a great team going over to Adelaide. I am really looking forward to testing out synchro on 3m with Jack too.

"This is the first time I will be doing 3m synchro at an international but we've been training well together and I think our synchro is good. It's not my main event and but looking forward to giving it a go in a competition setting."

British World Junior Diving Championships squad: Tom Daley (Plymouth Diving), Jack Laugher (City of Leeds), Daniel Goodfellow (Cambridge Diving Academy), Ross Haslam (City of Sheffield), Matty Lee (City of Leeds); Hannah Starling (City of Leeds), Grace Reid (City of Edinburgh), Alicia Blagg (City of Leeds), Megan Sylvester (City of Sheffield), Georgia Ward (Crystal Palace), Shanice Lobb (Plymouth Diving), Lydia Rosenthall (City of Leeds).