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Thomas Daley - making a splash

Thomas Daley - making a splash

Thomas tipped for the top

A Devon youngster is already being tipped for Olympic gold, after making a real splash in the diving world.

Plymouth diving prodigy Thomas Daley has won gold in an international competition in Australia.

Thomas, 11, claimed top spot in the 14-15 age group in the platform discipline at the Australian Elite Junior Nationals in Perth in July 2005 - despite competing against boys four years older than him.

He also won a silver medal for the Great Britain junior team in the three metre event.

Thomas - who trains at Central Park Pool in Plymouth - is already being talked about as a gold medal prospect for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Thomas Daley

Thomas has his sights set on 2012

He first hit the headlines earlier this year, when he became British Diving Under-18 Champion - at the age of just 10.

He has received a £10,000 sports grant to help him realise his ambition of becoming the best in the world.

It comes from a multi-million pound scheme to help Britain win more medals at the 2012 Olympics. Thomas is one of 100 budding sportsmen and women receiving the scholarship.

The money will be used to provide high-quality training facilities in the UK and abroad, top coaching, the best medical advice and guidance from reputable sports psychologists. 

Thomas says he loves the thrill of diving: "It's a bit more interesting than swimming because you can do flips and dive into the water and put more complications in it than in swimming."

Plymouth Sports Director Sam Grevett warns that Thomas shouldn't be placed under too much pressure - but she is hopeful he will have a good career ahead of him.

"It's very difficult. He's very young, and there is a lot of growing up to do, and there are possible injuries in the future," she said.

"Provided he stays as injury free as possible, and his dedication continues, there is no reason why he can't be winning a medal in 2012."

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