Tom Daley wows school friends with Commonwealth Games gold medals


Hero diving sensation Tom Daley wowed his classmates with his two gold medals on his first day back at school since the Commonwealth Games.

Tom Daley's wows school friends with Commonwealth Games gold medals

Tom, 16, won gold in both the synchronised and individual 10 metres platform events at the games in India last week.

But he returned to school at Plymouth College in Devon to a hero’s welcome from his proud classmates.

Tom was greeted by a giant banner reading ”Well Done Tom” and had a chance to show off his gongs before starting lessons.

He said: ”It’s been really nice coming back to school this morning and seeing all my friends. I loved the banner and the response around school has been fantastic.

”After all the encouragement and with so many people behind me, it’s fantastic for me to be able to show them the medals that I won.

”I’m trying to keep them in the best condition possible so only a select few people have been allowed to hold them.

”It’s quite a big change to go from competing in the Commonwealth Games to being back at school – but it’s great to be back to normality.

”The last few days have been pretty manic so I’m really looking forward to getting back to normal and focusing on my school work.”

Tom, together with his teammate Max Brick, won the gold medal for the Synchronised 10 metres Platform Competition on October 12.

The following day he also won gold in the 10 metres Individual Platform competition at the games in Delhi.

Plymouth College Deputy Head, Sarah Dunn, said the double gold-winning performance at the Commonwealth Games was a ”real inspiration” to his peers.

She added: ”Despite having so many pressures in their daily lives, Tom’s tremendous success has shown these young people that their own dreams really can come true.”

Tom’s classmate Joe Patching, 16, is one of the school’s swimmers with an eye on the 2012 Olympics.

He said: ”Tom’s success at the Commonwealth Games has made me realise how much I hope that will be me in a few years’ time.

”He’s had a big injury to deal with and I think he showed real maturity in taking a step back and letting it heal properly.

”His performance was amazing and he proved once and for all that he really is a world-class diver.”

One of the school’s younger pupils, Myles Pillage (dbl corr) , 12, is the current British Schools Biathlon Champion and the British Modern Biathlon Champion.

Myles said: ”It is great having someone like Tom at school. Winning two golds in the Commonwealth Games is awesome and I hope that one day I might win one too.”

Tom’s proud dad Rob, 40, dropped him off at school and said his classmates were ”suitably impressed” by the medals.

He said: ”Tom was looking forward to being back at school as usual today as he misses his friends when he’s away.

”I brought his medals in for him so he could show everyone at school who have shown him so much support, and they were all suitably impressed.

”He was a bit worried that they would get dropped or the ribbons would tear so everyone was extra careful – he’d have to go a long way to replace them.”

Tom became the first British world diving champion in Rome in July 2009, when he was just 15-years-old.

He also represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics, where he was Britain’s youngest competitor, the youngest of any nationality outside the sport of swimming, and the youngest to participate in a final.



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