Team England Selects Diving Squad For 2018 Commonwealth Games

by SwimSwam 0

February 03rd, 2018 Diving

Press Release courtesy of Team England

With only two months to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games begin on 4 April, Team England has selected 13 divers who will compete for ‘Team and Country’ in Australia.

Team England have previously won 67 medals in diving at the Commonwealth Games, including 27 gold and topped the diving medal table at Glasgow 2014. The 13-strong team already has nine Commonwealth medals between them, while a number of the chosen athletes will be competing at their first Games.

Three-time Commonwealth champion, reigning world champion and double Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley will be returning to the Commonwealth stage as he headlines Team England’s diving squad for the Games.

Tom will be will be competing alongside Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth champions Alicia Blagg and Chris Mears, and British Champions Matthew Dixon and Jack Haslam.

Tom Daley, who will be competing in the individual 10m platform and 3m synchronised events, said:

“It is an honour to be selected to represent Team England at my third Commonwealth Games. 

“I had a great year last year, retaining my 10m title at the World Championships, and I am hoping that I can build on that and put in some great performances out on the Gold Coast in April.”

Fresh from winning the 2018 British Diving Championships in the women’s 10m platform, Lois Toulson will be joining Team England for the first time. The European champion and world silver medallist in the mixed 10m platform synchronised event said:

“I feel very honoured to be selected for my first Commonwealth Games, and I am looking forward to representing Team England out in Australia.

“I’ve had a good start to the year, holding on to my title at the British Diving Championships last month, so I’m feeling good about the Gold Coast. Hopefully I can keep that momentum going and put in some strong performances in April.”

Plymouth’s Matthew Dixon competed at Glasgow 2014 at the age of just 14 and since then has been making waves on the international circuit. The 17-year-old took gold on the 10m platform at the European Junior Championships in Bergen and at the British Diving Championships last month he secured his place on the team after winning the 10m platform title.

Matthew Dixon said:

“I am so pleased and honoured to be selected for the Commonwealth Games and to be representing Team England again as this is my second Commonwealths. I am so happy and excited to be going out to Australia, I can’t wait.”

City of Sheffield diver, Jack Haslam secured his place on Team England when he took the 3m Springboard title at the British Diving Championships 2018. Haslam will be flying out to the Gold Coast and competing along-side his brother Ross who is also a City of Sheffield diver.

Commenting on his selection for Team England, Jack Haslam said:

“The Commonwealth Games is one of the most prestigious competitions there is, so it’s a massive honour to be able to represent Team England.

“I am over the moon to be going to the Gold Coast and what makes it even more special is that one of the events that I will competing in over there will be the synchronised 3m with my brother which is incredible.”

Team England will send a team of around 600 athletes and staff in what will be England’s largest ever team to represent the nation in an overseas sporting event. The team will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events.

Sarah Winckless, Chef de Mission for Commonwealth Games England, said:

“I’m so pleased to welcome the divers to Team England. My personal experience of this group is varied; I was a team mate to Tom in Beijing and ran an ambition program for Robyn, Daniel and others in 2012. It gives me great pleasure to see that their dedication and focus has led them to being a key part of our team in the Gold Coast.

“Their competition is going to be in the fantastic outdoor arena on the Gold Coast creating a stunning back drop. In this group we certainly have the experience and talent to achieve some great performances and I can’t wait to see them in action in Australia.”

Commenting on today’s announcement, Team England’s diving team leader, Kim White, said:

“The announcement today shows we have a very strong team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. We’ve got a good mix of experienced athletes as well as some younger divers.

“We had a great British Diving Championships in Plymouth last month and I’m confident we’ll see some good performances on the Gold Coast. Hopefully we can build on our previous Commonwealth Games success and bring home a few medals from the four days of diving.”

The team in full is as follows:

Name

Date of Birth

Place of Birth

Hometown

Club

Commonwealth Games Experience

Alicia Blagg

 21-Oct-96

Wakefield

Miami/Leeds

University of Miami Swim / City of Leeds Diving Club

Delhi 2010 – 4th 3m synchro

Glasgow 2014 – Gold 3m synchro

Chris Mears

07-Feb-93

Reading

Yorkshire

City of Leeds Diving Club

Delhi 2010 – 4th 3m synchro

Glasgow 2014 – Gold

Daniel Goodfellow

19-Oct-96

Cambridge

Leeds

City of Leeds Diving Club

No – Injured before Glasgow 2014

Jack Haslam

09-Aug-95

Sheffield

Sheffield

City of Sheffield Diving Club

No

Jack Laugher

30-Jan-95

Harrogate

Leeds

City of Leeds Diving Club

Delhi 2010 – Finalist

Glasgow 2014 – 2 x gold and  1x silver

Katherine Torrance

10-Oct-98

Croydon

Leeds

City of Leeds Diving Club

No

Lois Toulson

26-Sep-99

Huddersfield

Leeds

City of Leeds Diving Club

No

Matthew Dixon

19-Apr-00

Plymouth

Plymouth

Plymouth Diving

Glasgow 2014 – Finalist

Matty Lee

05-Mar-98

Leeds

Leeds

City of Leeds Diving Club

No – Withdrew from Glasgow 2014 due to injury

Noah Williams

15-May-00

London

London

Dive London Aquatics Club

No

Robyn Birch

10-Jan-94

Ashford, Midlesex

London

Dive London Aquatics

No

Ross Haslam

02-Oct-97

Sheffield

Sheffield

City of Sheffield Diving Club

No

Tom Daley

21-May-94

Plymouth

London

Dive London

Delhi 2010 – 2x gold

Glasgow 2014 – Gold and silver

As part of its plans to send the best prepared team to the Gold Coast, Commonwealth Games England will hold a 10-day preparation camp in Brisbane, create a dedicated performance centre inside the Commonwealth Games Village, and offer a full programme of support services.

Team England’s preparation camp for the Gold Coast will include a number of specially selected high-performance sports and support facilities that will enable athletes to continue training and complete their final preparations prior to entering the Commonwealth Games Village.

The dedicated performance centre will be at the heart of Team England’s headquarters inside the Commonwealth Games Village. It will provide an enhanced environment in the Village for athletes, coaches and support staff, where the team will have access to dedicated doctors, physios and a full range of clinical, rehabilitation, preparation services, kit, equipment, stretching and R&R areas.

-Ends-

For further details please contact:

Nick Rewcastle, Run Communications – [email protected]ns.co.uk / +44 (0)7872 058 221

Peter Hannon, Commonwealth Games England – [email protected] / +44 (0) 7508 602869

Notes to Editors

About Commonwealth Games England:

Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. We are affiliated to the Commonwealth Games Federation and work closely with the various sports’ National Governing Bodies (NGBs), our funding partner Sport England, commercial sponsors and Organising Committees. Our purpose is to help prepare and support athletes and their sports to achieve success at Games-time.

Team England is the nation’s most inclusive and diverse team, featuring athletes and para athletes from all over the country and an equal gender split across the team. After topping the medal table in 2014 with 174 medals, including 59 gold, Team England is also one of the nation’s most successful teams.

Follow us

www.teamengland.org

Team England Twitter – @teamengland

Team England Facebook – OfficialTeamEngland

Team England Instagram – @officialteamengland

Leave a Reply

Don't want to miss anything?

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive our latest updates!