Diver Daley hails A-level success
Published 08/03/2012 | 13:52
He has been accused of spending too much time doing media work rather than practicing at the swimming pool, but teenage diver Tom Daley clearly has not been neglecting his schoolwork.
The 17-year-old gold medal prospect for the London Olympics later this year has achieved straight As in his A-levels, he revealed on Twitter.
The former 10m world champion, who switched schools in 2009 after claiming he was being bullied, wrote: "A Level results are in...maths D1 A...maths C3 A....Spanish AS A...Spanish A2 A :) all A's!!! Can't believe it!!! So happy! :D"
Earlier he had joked: "#thatawkwardmoment when you forget you are getting A level results today and then you look on twitter and your heart sinks!"
Daley has been a student at the independent Plymouth College in his home city in Devon since April 2009, when as a 15-year-old he was taken out of the state-run Eggbuckland Community College, saying he was being bullied.
Eggbuckland's principal, Katrina Borowski, said at the time she was unaware of any bullying but admitted his "high profile" had led to a minority of students acting in an "immature way towards him". His new school developed what headmaster Simon Wormleighton called "a flexible academic programme to fit in with his various commitments".
Last month Daley was criticised by British Diving performance director Alexei Evangulov, who said the young sportsman's media commitments were jeopardising his Olympic hopes, adding that his Chinese rivals "trained three times harder".
But after a meeting the matter was resolved, with Daley's management, the Professional Sports Group, saying the talks had "readdressed some important issues regarding media work".
Daley's performances in the pool have come in for criticism, with the Plymouth diver failing to reproduce the form that saw him crowned Britain's first diving world champion at the age of 15.
He finished fifth at the World Championships last year and, after skipping the individual platform at last month's World Cup, finished seventh alongside former Olympic silver medallist Peter Waterfield in the platform synchro.