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GB divers excited by the prospect of Rio

There's a distinct Yorkshire flavour to the Great Britain diving team selected today for the Rio Olympics.

Four of the squad are Yorkshire-born - Jack Laugher from Ripon, Wakefield's Alicia Blagg, Freddie Woodward from Sheffield, and Huddersfield-born Lois Toulson, who at 16 years old, is the baby of the team. Two more - Chris Mears and Rebecca Gallantree - are permanently based in Leeds.

Blagg and Gallantree are partners in the 3m synchro.

Freddie Woodward will compete in the 3m springboard. He admits he's surprised to have made the squad.


Olympic diving team "Made in Yorkshire"

Members of the Great Britain Olympic diving team (left to right) Freddie Woodward, Jack Laugher, Chris Mears, Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Great Britain diving team for the Rio Olympics has a distinct Yorkshire flavour, with four of the 11-strong squad born in the county, and two more permanently based in Leeds.

Ripon-born Jack Laugher is a genuine medal prospect in the 3m springboard individual event, and in the synchro with housemate Chris Mears, who hails from Reading but now trains in Leeds.

Laugher is one of six returning Olympians in the squad. Others include Leeds-based Rebecca Gallantree, for whom this will be a third Games, and her 3m synchro partner Alicia Blagg from Wakefield.

Freddie Woodward (3m springboard, Sheffield) and the baby of the team, 16 year old Lois Toulson (10m synchro, Huddersfield), will be competing in their first Olympics.

Meanwhile another Yorkshireman, Yona Knight-Wisdom - a member of the same training squad at the John Charles Centre in Leeds - has been picked to represent Jamaica in Rio.


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