Daley will dedicate medal to father

18 July 2012 / 17:10

Tom Daley will dedicate any diving medal he wins at London 2012 to the memory of his inspirational father Robert.

Robert was instrumental in helping Daley establish himself as one of the world's top divers before he lost a long battle with brain cancer in May last year. The 18-year-old keeps his dad's ashes in his bedroom and views him as the greatest influence on a career that will enter the stratosphere should he strike gold in either of his two events.

"Winning a medal would make all the struggles that I've had worth while," Daley told Press Association Sport.

"It's been my dream since a very young age to compete at an Olympics. I did that in Beijing for the experience, but now I want a good performance. I'm doing it for myself and my dad. It was both our dreams from a very young age.

"I always wanted to do it and dad was so supportive of everything. It would make it extra special to do it for him. I've got to try and win the medal first, but definitely I'd dedicate it to him. He's the person who helped me and gave me all the inspiration that I've needed. He taught me all the lessons in life that I needed."

Daley is competing in two events starting with the men's 10m synchronised platform alongside partner Peter Waterfield on July 30.

Nearly two weeks later, on the penultimate day of the Games, he will aim for gold in the individual 10m platform - a standard he reached in the European championships in May.

"For me it's about doing the best six dives that I possibly can," he said.

"My dream is to win an Olympic gold medal, or any Olympic medal, but dreams and reality are two different things.

"Diving is such an on-the-day sport that no one knows what will happen because there are so many divers who can win. For me it's about focusing on the process of each individual dive rather than the outcome."