Tom Daley plans presenting career

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 October 2017
Tom Daley

Tom Daley

Tom Daley plans to move into TV presenting when he retires from diving

Tom Daley is planning to move into TV presenting when he retires from diving.

The 23-year-old Olympian - who previously served as a mentor on celebrity reality show 'Splash!' - is already thinking ahead to the future and wants to combine his other passions and expand his work on his YouTube channel.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, he said: "There are so many things that I dream about doing and am excited about doing.

"I am having a lot of fun with my YouTube channel and I would really like to expand that and hope in the future I can be a TV presenter, which is something I really enjoy doing.

"Who knows what I would present? But it would fun to do something, I just like talking to people, meeting people.

"I also like travelling, eating, cooking and anything to do with adrenaline and any kind of bungee jumping, sky diving - not the sort of stuff I can do while diving. That kind of stuff I am all over."

Tom - who is married to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black - is an avid user of social media, but won't post anything that could get him into trouble.

He said: "The one golden rule I go by is if you won't say - there's 140 characters in a sentence - to your grandparents, definitely do not post it on Twitter."

For the time being, Tom is committed to diving, but admitted it has been a tough 12 months professionally after crashing out of the 2016 Olympics 10m platform diving contest in the semi-finals, though he also won a bronze medal in a different category.

He reflected: "It's all been a massive whirlwind since the Olympic Games last year. There is a lot of highs and lows from last year's Olympics.

"Winning the bronze medal in the syncro event with Dan Goodfellow; and yet one of the most devastating experiences of my life in the individual event.

"After that I took a lot of time off to reflect and move on and I came back to training properly in January.

"I put so much pressure on myself leading into 2016 and I made it out to be such a big thing where you train so hard for one moment, that one chance on the diving board, and if you mess it up in that 1.6 seconds, it's over.

"I learnt that at the Olympic Games - the biggest stage of all. For me to come back to diving, work hard again and try to get back to when I was 15 years old and win my first world title.

"I do diving because I love it but I do put a lot of pressure upon myself. Train as hard as you can, enjoy it and have fun. There was a little bit of redemption in being able to beat the Chinese divers."

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