Scroll for more


Great BritainGreat Britain, GBR


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
30 January 1995
168 cm
Partner Lois Toulson
Leeds, ENG

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
Adam Smallwood [club]

International Debut

Competing for
Great Britain

General Interest

Playing video games, going out with friends. (, 11 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 06 Feb 2017)
Hero / Idol
Chinese diver He Chong. (, 02 Feb 2014)
A back injury prevented him from competing in the synchronised competition at the 2020 National Championships in Plymouth, England. (, 03 Mar 2020)

In November 2017 he underwent surgery on an ankle injury. He continued to battle with recovery during the lead-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (, 01 Mar 2018; Sportsbeatvideo Youtube channel, 14 Apr 2018)

He suffered from an infection in early 2014 that affected his balance when diving. (, 29 Jan 2014)

He competed with ankle and elbow injuries at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 17 Jun 2016)

In 2009 he required surgery after breaking his arm during trampoline training. (, 10 Jun 2012;, 30 Jun 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to hip-hop music between dives. (, 11 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never ever give up. Just give it your all." (, 21 Apr 2013)
Awards and honours
He received the 2019 Diver of the Year Award from British Swimming. (, 10 Nov 2019)

In 2016 and 2018 he was named European Male Diver of the Year by the European Swimming League [LEN]. (, 15 Feb 2019)

He was named 2018 Athlete of the Year by British Swimming. (, 17 Nov 2018)

He received a Member of the Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 Queen's New Year's Honours list. (, 06 Feb 2017)

He was named Young Sportsman of the Year at the 2013 Leeds Sports Awards in England. (, 14 Mar 2013)

He won the Junior Sports Achievement Award at the 2012 BBC North East Sports Awards. (, 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;, 10 Aug 2016;, 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. (, 12 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
His partner Lois Toulson has represented Great Britain in diving and competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2019 World Championship in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (Lois Toulson Instagram profile, 10 Jan 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 03 Feb 2020)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 11 Jun 2019)
Other information
He has served as an athlete representative on the International Swimming Federation's [FINA] Athlete Committee. (, 03 Apr 2020)

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, [2020 Olympic Games is] a more important one, I'd rather this happen now than in Tokyo." (, 12 July 2019;, 18 Jul 2019;, 22 Jul 2019)