After winning a gold medal in Rio in the men’s 3m synchronized springboard event, former HDDC diver Jack Laugher survived a turbulent time in the semi-finals to qualify in 12th place in the men’s 3m springboard event to progress to the final. Fortunately we saw Laugher find his feet in the final and show the world just what he is capable of! His performance was truly first class and secured the silver medal behind Chinese diver Cao Yuan. This accomplishment means he is now the most successful British diver in history!
HDDC had another former diver and former head coach in action in Rio with Oliver Dingley, coached by Damian Ball, representing Ireland in the men’s 3m event. Oliver performed exceptionally well throughout all three rounds of the competition and did well to hold his nerve during bad weather in the preliminary round and again in the semi-final when a scream echoed around the pool just as he started his inward three and a half. He was allowed a re-dive and regained his composure to score well on his second attempt. Oliver had already made history by attending the Olympics as part of the Irish team but he went on to improve on this as he progressed to the final. Oliver once again put in a strong set of dives to finish 8th overall to finish his Olympic campaign on a high.
HDDC couldn’t be more proud of these boys who started their diving journey all those years ago in diving lessons at the Hydro swimming pool.