Tom Daley to present new ITV backpacking travel show

05/08/13

Tom Daley

Olympic diving star Tom Daley is set to travel around the world for a new TV series.

During the six-week show the bronze medallist will visit various tourist destinations with his best friend Sophie Lee.

It will air on ITV1 and he'll go to countries including Thailand, Japan, Australia, Morocco and New Zealand.

Daley appeared as a coach on ITV's diving show Splash! earlier this year.

Diving and training are my first love, but I am looking forward to a break from the norm and discovering more about places I've never had the chance to explore before
Tom Daley

The 19-year-old trained a number of celebrities in the series which saw Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards winning in the final.

He will stay in hostels and take overnight train journeys as part of what programme makers describe as a typical student backpacking trip.

As well as challenges such as bungee jumping, he will meet up with friends such as Saturdays star Mollie King along the way.

Daley said: "I can't wait to get away on my trip. Diving and training are my first love, but I am looking forward to a break from the norm and discovering more about places I've never had the chance to explore before. And to do it all with my best friend will be amazing."

Tom Daley

Tom Daley finished sixth in the individual 10m platform final at the world diving championships in Barcelona last month.

ITV director of digital channels Angela Jain said: "Tom's career as a diver has captivated the nation.

"We hope this show will give people the chance to see the teenager behind the trunks as he enjoys his global backpacking adventure."

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