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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.

Five Leeds athletes picked for Great Britain's Olympic triathlon team

Five of the six athletes picked for the Great Britain triathlon team for the Rio Olympics later this year are based in Leeds.

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Alastair and Jonny Brownlee - the gold and bronze medallists from London 2012 - are joined in the men's squad by 22 year old fellow West Yorkshireman Gordon Benson.

And included in the women's team are housemates Vicky Holland and Non Stanford, who also train in the city.


Sam Walker named as final Team GB table tennis athlete for Rio

The British Olympic Association has today named Sam Walker, Worksop, as the third table tennis athlete to be selected to Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The 21-year-old will compete in the team event alongside Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford – after both were officially selected for the individual competition earlier this month.

Walker will be the youngest of the three table tennis athletes selected for Rio 2016 but has experience of competition at the top level.

It’s a dream come true. It’s been one of my dreams since I started playing to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games and to get it so early in my career is incredible. I’m looking forward to it.

The Worlds gave us confidence and belief – we did believe we could get those sort of results but doing it was a different story. It showed us and everyone else that Great Britain are a team to be feared and are ready to challenge for medals in big competitions.

– Sam Walker

Scunthorpe swimmer back home after qualifiying for 2016 Olympics

It is still over a year to go until the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Rio but this week an athlete from our region became the first to qualify for Team GB.

Open water swimmer Jack Burnell, who was born in Scunthorpe, qualified after finishing fifth at the World Championships in Russia.

He is now back home and our sports reporter Chris Dawkes caught up with him at his training base at Loughborough University.

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