THE biggest and best names in diving have arrived in Plymouth for the 2019 edition of the British National Diving Cup.
With the likes of Olympic champion Jack Laugher, double world champion Tom Daley and European champion Grace Reid all set to take to the boards.
The Life Centre, in Britain’s Ocean City, will play host to three days of elite level diving action, as athlete’s contest both domestic honours and begin their bids for selection to international teams throughout 2019.
The event will also see competition debuts for two new top-level synchro partnerships; Tom Daley and Matty Lee in the 10m synchro, and Jack laugher and Dan Goodfellow in the three-metre synchro. Daley and Lee will execute their full competition list for the first time at a senior national event.
“It’s a bit surreal to come back here to Plymouth,” said Daley. “This is where I’m from and home up until 2012 and since then so much has changed. So it’s really nice to come back and dive in front of my family and friends.
“To see the change in numbers and the growth in participation of these [diving] events is so amazing, I feel like a proud parent to see how diving has blossomed in the UK.”
Other nations will join the action in Plymouth, with divers from Jamaica, Singapore and Spain set to compete.
BBC Sport are to carry all of the final sessions across their digital platforms including the iPlayer and mobile app.
The event will also see another first, as British Swimming launches its new aquatics show, Deep End Live, hosted by John Mason and featuring expert punditry from Olympic champ Chris Mears and seasoned commentator Bob Ballard.
The opening session of the British National Diving Cup starts at 10am on Friday with the men’s and women’s one-metre prelims. Watch every session of the event here.