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Tom Daley: Why I'm leaving Plymouth for London

Tom Daley has spoken for the first time about his decision to move from his home city of Plymouth to London.

The 19-year-old will now be training at the London Aquatics Centre, the same venue where he won his bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics. As well as the south west, Tom leaves behind his life-long coach Andy Banks, who helped develop his career during his time at the Plymouth Life Centre.


Tom Daley to discuss London move today

Tom Daley at the FINA Diving World Series, Edinburgh, 2013 Credit: PA

Tom Daley will speak about his move to London for the first time later day. He may have left Plymouth, but there is still a group of talented young divers in the city. Andy Banks' elite development squad of 8 to 11 year-olds train three times a week at Plymouth Life Centre.

Daley 'excited' by London move


Tom Daley makes web search "Top Ten"

Tom Daley's popularity on Google follows his recent announcement of his gay relationship on YouTube Credit: PA

Plymouth diver Tom Daley has made a late appearance in Google UK's list in the most popular web searches of 2013.

He came eighth in the list of top trending people, just behind Nigella Lawson. It follows his YouTube announcement of his same-sex relationship earlier this month.

Glastonbury Festival was the seventh most-searched event this year - with the Grand National leading the pack.

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Tom Daley 'overwhelmed by support'

Olympic medalist Tom Daley said he was overwhelmed by the positive response he had received from the public, after revealing earlier today that he is in a gay relationship.

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British Swimming: 'Everyone supports role model Tom'

British Swimming chief executive David Sparks congratulated Tom Daley after he revealed he was in a relationship with a man, saying everyone within British Swimming supports him. In a statement, he said:

Everybody within British Swimming supports Tom and his announcement. It's a very private matter and doesn't change the very positive way in which we will continue to work with Tom.

Tom is one of the world's leading athletes and has achieved success at every level of competition including Olympic bronze and world gold.

I hope the media will give Tom the privacy he deserves to allow him to continue to focus on performance as he continues to be an inspiration and role model to millions around the globe.

Edward Coe, chairman of the ASA Group Board, who was himself named a role model by the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall last year, also offered his unequivocal support.

We must support Tom Daley in taking this incredibly courageous step.

To be one of the first Olympic athletes to come out is very brave and will, I hope, be a signal not just to other sports people but to all young people that you can be open about your sexuality, even in a very public environment. I am very proud of Tom.

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