Tom Daley could be made 'freeman of Plymouth' after winning Olympic gold

By Philip Churm, Local Democracy Reporter.

After Plymouth’s Tom Daley won an Olympic gold medal, some of the city’s councillors are calling for the diver to be made a freeman of the city; the highest honour the city can bestow.

On Monday morning Tom Daley and diving partner Matty Lee made history by winning Great Britain’s first gold medal in the men’s synchronised 10 metre...

Play time! Pup’s new toy makes a splash

A happy youngster in Torquay plays in the water with her new toy… This is Gemini, the two-year-old fur seal pup at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo.

Her new toy was custom made by dry suit manufacturers O'Three Ltd. of Portland, in Dorset. Kiesha Summers, from O'Three, explained: “We supplied Living Coasts with dry suits. When we came to visit, both the penguins and...

Junior diving elite heading to Plymouth

The British Elite Junior Diving Championships are set to take place at the Plymouth Life Centre from 30 March – 2 April.

The country’s best and strongest young talent will be heading to the south coast to show their progress ahead of sealing their place on international teams for the rest of 2016.

Almost 100 divers have entered the competition as they battle it out for national...

Top divers return to Plymouth for British Championships

Britain’s top divers will be heading to the Plymouth Life Centre this weekend for the British Gas Diving Championships (20 to 22 February).

The biggest domestic competition of the year gets under way today(Friday 20 February) and will see Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley return home as he takes his first steps to qualifying for the World Championships this summer.


Country’s top diving coach Andy Banks to stay in Plymouth

World-class diving coach Andy Banks will be staying in Plymouth, thanks to a funding package put together by the City Council in partnership with University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth College and Everyone Active.

Banks, who is the only British diving coach to have coached an Olympic medal-winning diver at London 2012, announced earlier this summer that he was considering a...

Plymouth Life Centre leads the way in elite diving

The Plymouth Life Centre has reaffirmed its credentials as one of the country’s leading diving facilities by signing a high performance agreement with British Swimming.

One of only two nationally, the four-year agreement will place Plymouth at the forefront of elite diving training and coaching.

The Plymouth Life Centre has one of the best diving pools in the country, including...

Heroic Daley battles injury to finish sixth in World final

Plagued by injury over the past few months, Tom Daley battled through the pain of a recurring tricep problem to finish a creditable sixth in the men's 10m platform at the World Aquatic Championships in Bacrelona.

China's Qui Bo (581) won gold with Olympic champion David Boudia (517) second and Sascha Klein (508.55) third. Daley, the 2009 world champion scored 470.60 points.


Daley battles through injury to reach World diving final

Tom Daley has reached today's World Championship 10m platform final despite a reccurence of a tricep injury that left the Plymouth diver in some pain.

The 19-year-old finished in seventh place in the semi-final on Saturday (27 July) with 452.7 points despite the pain, which flared up in training on Thursday.

Daley's build-up to the World Championships in Barcelona has been...

Sarah Barrow narrowly misses a medal in world diving final

Plymouth's Sarah Barrow finished fourth in the final of the individual 10m platform, a career best performance that should temper her disappointment at missing out on a medal.

The 24-year-old exceded expectations in her first individual World final in Barcelona, while her synchro partner, Tonia Couch recovered impressively from a very difficult start to finish in 9th place.


Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow make World 10m final

Plymouth divers, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow have both qualified for the 10m platform final at the World Championships in Barcelona.

Couch finished in an impressive second place in the semi-final, scoring 368.15 points - an individual personal best. Barrow qualified in sixth place with 316.05 points.

It is the first time two British women have qualified for the same final....