||30 Jan 1995
in Harrogate, ENG|
Further Personal Information
||Partner Lois Toulson
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began diving at age seven.
|Why this sport?
||A lifeguard spotted him diving off the side of a pool and suggested that he try the sport.
|Club / Team
||City of Leeds Diving Club: England
|Name of coach
||Joe Meszaros [club]
||He trains at the John Charles Aquatics Centre in Leeds, England.
||Playing video games. (olympics.com, 05 May 2020)
|Hero / Idol
||Chinese diver He Chong. (swimming.org, 02 Feb 2014)
||A back injury prevented him from competing in the synchronised competition at the 2020 British Championships in Plymouth, England. (bbc.co.uk, 03 Mar 2020)
In December 2017 he underwent surgery on an ankle injury. He recovered just in time to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (dailymail.co.uk, 01 Mar 2018; Sportsbeatvideo YouTube channel, 14 Apr 2018; swimming.org, 14 Apr 2020)
He suffered from an infection in early 2014 that affected his balance when diving. (ukbathrooms.com, 29 Jan 2014)
He competed with ankle and elbow injuries at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (sport.bt.com, 17 Jun 2016)
In 2009 he required surgery after breaking his arm during trampoline training. (telegraph.co.uk, 10 Jun 2012, 30 Jun 2016)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||He listens to hip-hop music between dives. (fina.org, 11 May 2019)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"I believe it's because I've made so many mistakes that I've been able to achieve the successes." (olympics.com, 05 May 2020)
|Awards and honours
||He was named 2017, 2018 and 2019 Diver of the Year and 2018 Overall Athlete of the Year by British Swimming. (swimswam.com, 17 Nov 2018; jacklaugher.com, 07 Nov 2020; britishswimming.org, 10 Nov 2019)
In 2016 and 2018 he was named European Male Diver of the Year by the European Swimming League [LEN]. (bbc.co.uk, 15 Feb 2019)
He was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list. (swlondoner.co.uk, 06 Feb 2017)
He was named Young Sportsman of the Year at the 2013 Leeds Sports Awards in England. (yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk, 14 Mar 2013)
He won the Junior Sports Achievement Award at the 2012 BBC North East Sports Awards. (jacklaugher.com, 25 Jun 2014)
||In 2016 he and diving partner Chris Mears won Great Britain's first Olympic gold medal in diving when they claimed victory in the 3m synchronised springboard event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the same Games, he also became the first British diver to win two medals at a single Olympic Games after adding to his synchronised gold with a silver in the 3m individual springboard event. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Feb 2016; bbc.co.uk, 10 Aug 2016; theguardian.com, 17 Aug 2016)
He became the first British diver to win two medals at the same world championships when he claimed bronze in both the 3m individual and synchronised springboard events at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Feb 2019)
He became the first British diver to be crowned world junior champion when he won gold in the 3m springboard at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Tucson, AZ, United States of America. (teamgb.com, 12 Aug 2012)
||His partner Lois Toulson has represented Great Britain in diving and competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (Instagram profile, 26 Sep 2020; Lois Toulson Instagram profile, 10 Jan 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 03 Feb 2020)
||To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and to compete at the 2024 Games in Paris. (fina.org, 02 May 2021; insidethegames.biz, 06 Aug 2020)
||WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DISAPPOINTMENT
He was aiming for a gold medal at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, after failing to finish first at the previous four editions. He was leading the first round of the 3m springboard before a low score on his final dive resulted in a third-place finish. "It [world championship gold] is the one that's always kind of got away. I feel I've let a lot of people down. I know I haven't but it really upsets me to know I could have made history. As upsetting as the last dive was, [the 2020 Olympic Games is] a more important one, I'd rather this happen now than in Tokyo." (bbc.co.uk, 12 July 2019; yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk, 18 Jul 2019; harrogateadvertiser.co.uk, 22 Jul 2019)
In 2020 he said the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo had resulted in him changing his plans over when he will retire from the sport. "I was really looking forward to being able to compete at the  Olympics and then take a good amount of time off, let myself rest and my body regenerate itself really. Now I guess what's going to happen is we'll be competing in 2021 then I'll take a little break and then compete at 2022 at the Commonwealth Games [in Birmingham, England]. My original aim about six years ago was going through to 2022 and maybe hang up the trunks there but I think I'd like to go through to 2024 [the Olympic Games in Paris] if I can. I'll be 29 years old [at Paris 2024]. I might not be doing all the events that I'm doing right now - I might just be doing synchronised diving or just individual - but I'd really like to continue going as long as my body and my mind are in shape." (insidethegames.biz, 06 Aug 2020)
He has served as an athlete representative on the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Athletes' Committee. (fina.org, 03 Apr 2020)