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Athlete in Focus – Jack Laugher

Jack Laugher

Diver Jack Laugher from Yorkshire has an impressive list of achievements under his belt for someone who just turned 18.

In 2010, he won the 1-metre and 3-metre springboard titles at both the European Junior Championships and at the World Junior Championships – the first British diver to hold both titles simultaneously.

He represented England at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and Great Britain at London 2012.

At the 2012 World Junior Diving Championships Jack won the 3-metre individual springboard and then returned a day later to claim his second Gold at the event with partner Tom Daley in the 3-metre synchronised springboard competition.

We caught up with this rising star of British diving ahead of his appearance this weekend at the FINA Diving World Series event in Edinburgh.

How are you feeling about the FINA Diving World Series event this weekend?

I'm really excited about getting back out there on the world stage. It will be such good preparation for the future competitions I have and the Commonwealth Games.

What are your ambitions for the next two years?

I would like to qualify for the World Series by finishing in the top eight at the world championships this year. I’d also love to compete at Glasgow 2014. It’s another home crowd competition and I would love to do it.

How did you get into in diving?

I was a swimmer from the age of three and at seven a life guard spotted me and suggested that I start diving lessons at my local pool in Harrogate.

What do you think are the three most important qualities needed to be a successful diver?

Toughness, focus and the motivation to succeed.

How do you spend your free time when you’re not training?

Normally chilling out and relaxing with friends or my girlfriend. It’s a bit hectic with exams soon, so a lot of revision at the moment!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Never ever give up. Just give it your all.

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