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Young divers talk about their dreams

Diving coach Andy Banks is awarded an honorary degree Credit: ITV News

Plymouth sporting stars have been honoured for their summer of success at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships this evening.

At a special event at the University College of St Mark and St John honorary degrees were given to Plymothian swimming star Sian Davies and diving coach Andy Banks.

Before the event our reporter Jacquie Bird went to meet two young divers who are already successful in the sport and talked to them about their hopes and the pressure they face in the field.

Plymouth young athletes get honorary degrees

Matthew Dixon competing at 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Credit: PA

Some of our countries greatest athletes are in Plymouth today for a 'Celebration of Sport' Awards ceremony.

Among those at the event being held at the University of St Mark and St John this evening will be the Commonwealth double Gold medallist Ben Proud and divers Tonia Couch, Sarah Barrow and Matthew Dixon.

Diving coaches Andy Banks and Jon Rudd will also be there. Andy Banks, who helped coach Plymouth diver, Tom Daley will also be picking up an honorary degree.

Also being launched this evening is a charity called 'Making a Difference', a programme set up to provide financial help for Plymouth's, young elite athletes. It'll help promising youngsters and their families with the cost of pursuing their sporting dreams.

"I'd really like to go to the Olympics so twenty sixteen would be amazing but I'd like to aim for twenty twenty as well and just be at the Olympics would just be a dream ".

– Matthew Dickson, Diver


Fatal collision in Plymouth car park

An elderly woman has died after a collision in a car park in Plymouth yesterday evening.

A 77 year old pedestrian from the Plymstock area was involved in a serious collision in the car park at the rear of The University College of St Mark and St John at around 18:40. She died from her injuries.

The male driver of the Vauxhall Corsa involved in the incident was uninjured. A section of the car park was closed whilst Police forensic collision investigators carried out a detailed examination of the scene.

The car park was busy at the time with several teams playing hockey on the adjacent pitches. Police are appealing for any witness who may have seen what happened to contact them on 101 quoting log 708 17/10/14.

Devonport's "nuclear graveyard" fears put to rest

Devonport has not been selected as a site to store nuclear waste from redundant submarines Credit: PA

Devonport Dockyard will not be used as a storage site for nuclear waste from redundant submarines.

The dockyard had been in the running to be an interim storage facility for the waste, sparking concerns that the city could be seen as the country's "nuclear graveyard" but the Ministry of Defence has released a final shortlist of possible locations and Devonport isn't on it.

Vice-chancellor steps up her battle to get her job back

Wendy Purcell is battling to win her job back Credit: ITV Westcountry

Wendy Purcell, Plymouth University's vice-chancellor, has stepped up her legal battle to win her job back, with the case against her understood to include a complaint about her management style.

Professor Purcell is now being represented by a law firm that specialises in discrimination claims. She was suspended three months ago, but has since had her status changed to paid leave. Neither the university nor Professor Purcell has ever disclosed the charges against her.


Pioneering photographer becomes artist in residence

Sue Austin pioneered underwater photography from a wheelchair. Credit: ITV News West Country

A young woman who pioneered underwater photography from a wheelchair has been appointed an artist in residence at Plymouth University.

Sue Austin won a commission from the Arts Council and the university for the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.

She recently completed her Masters degree in contemporary art at Plymouth and says she now wants to develop a flying wheelchair.

Child poverty highest in parts of Plymouth

Parts of Plymouth have the highest number of children living in poverty in the West Country.

The Campaign to End Child Poverty says it affects 29% of children living in the Plymouth Moor View and Sutton and Devonport wards.

The organisation says failing to invest in children is a 'false economy', with child poverty costing the economy £29 million a year.

Camborne and Redruth ranked second highest alongside Torbay and Totnes (28%).

Plymouth's Tom Daley is named Man of the Year

Tom Daley has been named Man of the Year by Attitude magazine Credit: PA

Olympic diver Tom Daley has been crowned Man of the Year by Attitude magazine.

The 20-year-old, who's from Plymouth and came out publicly last year, has topped the magazine's Hot 100 Sexiest Men list for the past two years.

Tom Daley at the Attitude Awards ceremony Credit: PA

It's a real honour to be named Man of the Year 2014 by Attitude magazine. It's been a good year and to be given this award means a lot.

– Tom Daley

The Attitude Awards celebrate the achievements of gay people in entertainment, fashion and politics.

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