WATERFIELD Peter < Back  
Sport Diving
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 12 Mar 1981 in London, ENG
Height1.65 m
Weight 67 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Tania, sons Lewis and Marshall
Residence Southampton, ENG
Occupation Motivational Speaker, Personal Trainer
Languages English
Higher education Science - University of Chichester: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began diving at age nine in London, England.
Why this sport? At swimming training one day he saw the divers up the other end of the pool and thought it looked more interesting than his swimming lesson. He convinced his father to let him have a go and he went for a training session at the Waltham Forest Diving Club. It was there that coach Lindsey Fraser spotted his talent and took him under her wing.
Handedness Left
Footedness Right
International Debut
Year 1995
Competing for England
Tournament World Cup
Location Atlanta, GA
General Interest
Nicknames Pete (Facebook profile, 10 Nov 2014)
Hobbies Driving, snowboarding, relaxing at home, riding his quadbike, watching sport - particularly snooker, darts and football. (Athlete, 20 March 2007; swimming.org, 19 Feb 2012)
Hero / Idol Russian diver Dmitri Sautin. (Athlete, 13 Jan 2000)
Injuries In January 2012 he missed the British National Cup in Southend after a side strain and niggling back problems had disrupted his preparations. (dailymail.co.uk, 09 Feb 2012)

He missed seven days of training in the lead up to the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, China because of a virus. The illness and lack of training took its toll on his wrists and he required anaesthetic injections to compete. (sport.uk.msn.com, 04 Aug 2011)

He had surgery on an arm injury sustained at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He returned to action at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (dailymail.co.uk, 23 Aug 2008; petewaterfield.onsport.com, 19 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "When I'm in the pool I do my absolute best, but when I walk out of the door, I try to forget about diving. There are other things in my life. If I get too obsessive, I get bored and that's when I don't want to dive." (sport.uk.msn.com, 15 Apr 2011)
Awards and honours Along with Leon Taylor he was named the Amateur Swimming Association [ASA] Diver of the Year in 2000, 2004 and 2005. He also won the award on his own in 2002. (ASA, 31 Jan 2007)
Other information RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive diving in July 2014. "My thanks have to go to British Swimming for looking after me so well over the years and to my coach and family for everything they've done to support me throughout my career." (petewaterfield.com, 01 Jul 2014)

He has a fear of heights despite the fact that he performs off the 15m board sometimes. "I have this real fear that if something goes wrong I could end up hospitalised. I say a little prayer to myself." (The People, 20 May 2013)

The silver medal he and Leon Taylor won in the 10m synchronised platform event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens equalled Great Britain's best ever Olympic diving result, matching the silver medal Eileen Armstrong won in the platform event at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp. It was also Great Britain's first Olympic diving medal in 44 years, since Brian Phelps [platform] and Elizabeth Ferris [springboard] both earned bronze medals at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. (independent.co.uk, 15 Aug 2004)