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Tom Daley dives in to help sharks

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you, there really is a person under there - and yes, it really is Tom Daley!

The Plymouth diving champ transformed himself into the ocean predator ahead of Shark Week at the beginning of August. The striking piece of body art took two specialists four hours to complete, and runs the full length of his body. The Olympic diver’s five-foot-nine frame was covered from head to toe in a water-based paint, with the design created by British body painting artist, Emma Fay.

I’ve always been really fascinated by sharks. They’re incredible marine animals, but not always in the news for the right reasons.

Sharks play a vital role to the health of the ocean. They keep fish populations balanced and protect habitats. Without sharks, the health of the ocean ecosystem would completely change.

– Tom Daley

Tom created a video documenting his whole day.

The athlete teamed up with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment to create the shark along the full length of his body.

Sharks’ greatest threats come from humans. Millions of sharks are killed each year for their fins and as commercial fishing bycatch. Ocean pollution and a decrease in food supply also are threatening many species of sharks.

Tom Daley puts his trunks up for auction

Olympic diving star Tom Daley is hoping his trunks will help splash the cash for a deserving charity as he puts them up for auction.

The winning prize comes complete with the Plymouth diver's signature and bidding starts at a cool £300, although auctioneers are keen to point out the trunks are unworn!

Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

All money going to the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard (LLGS), which provides confidential phone, e-mail and instant messaging services to support people who want to talk about sexuality and gender identity.

Other items up for auction include the original suit worn by Andrew Scott, in his role as Moriarty in the BBC drama Sherlock, and a set of signed photos of Jessie J – which are set to pick up a hefty Price Tag.

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Tom Daley wins gold with new 'firework' dive

Tom Daley holds his gold medal after winning the men's 10m platform final during the FINA Diving World Series at London Aquatics Centre. Credit: John Walton/PA

Plymouth diver Tom Daley has won his first world title for more than two years.

Daley, who won Olympic bronze at London 2012, won gold in the 10 metre platform competition at the World Series event at the same venue. His new 'firework' dive helped him beat the leading Chinese divers who have dominated the sport in recent years.

Tom Daley wins National Championships in Plymouth

Plymouth's Olympic hero Tom Daley was back in Devon today where it all began. He was competing against the best in Britain in the National Championships and came first.

Tom was competing the British Gas Championships. At the Plymouth Life Centre. It gave him the chance to perfect some of the dives he hopes will get him to next year's Olympics in Brazil. One of them is a routine he calls the firework:

Tom's coach Jane Figueireeo has been with him now for just over. She's pleased with his progress so far:

We've got to keep things in the now.We have the world series coming up,six legs of that.So the main focus of that is to stay healthy,keep working on our new dives.

I really wanted him to come back to Plymouth,embrace everybody that's contributed so much to his success.

– Jane Figueireeo, coach

Daley shows off new "firework" dive in Plymouth

It's day three of the British Gas diving championships. Tom Daley is diving at 10am Men's Platform preliminary and 2pm Men's Platform final.

He is debuting a new dive he's been working on ahead of the Olympics. Daley hopes "The Firework" off the 10m board will get him the gold in Rio.

Today will be the first time he has performed the in public.

Watch his 10am dive below:

Plymouth women win gold at the diving championships

Sarah Burrow and Tonia Couch during the final of the Women's 10m Synchro during day one of the British Gas Diving Championships at The Plymouth Life Centre Credit: PA

The National Diving Championships got underway in Plymouth today.

There was success for home-grown talent Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow. The Commonwealth Games silver medallists won gold in the women's 10 metre synchro.

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Plymouth divers to compete in National Championships

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow warming up at the Plymouth Life Centre ahead of the Championships Credit: ITV News

The National Diving Championships start today at Plymouth's Life Centre.

The three-day competition will see the cream of British diving challenging for national honours as they compete across all Olympic events.

Local women Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch will be in action this afternoon.

Tom Daley is back in Plymouth for first time since moving to London

Tom Daley was back in Plymouth today putting the finishing touches to a new routine he'll showcase at the National Diving Championships.

It is the first time Tom has been back to his home town since switching his training base, and moving to London 12 months ago.

He'll be going for gold at The National Diving Championships which are taking place at the City's Life Centre. Local diving stars Sarah Barrow and Tonia Crouch will also be there alongside new 14-year-old sensation Matthew Dixon.

Tom Daley was back in Plymouth today for the first time since moving to London Credit: ITV News

Tom Daley & Co in Plymouth for Diving Championships

Tom Daley in action at last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Credit: PA

Diving stars - including Tom Daley - are descending on Plymouth in readiness for the National Diving Championships at the City's Life Centre.

Local divers Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch will be competing alongside new young sensation 14-year-old Matthew Dixon.

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