Daley coach warning over criticism
Tom Daley has been criticised for his part in the new TV show Splash!
Tom Daley's coach has warned the diver could quit the sport if he continues to be criticised over his media commitments.
On Tuesday British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes claimed the 18-year-old, who is appearing in new reality television show Splash!, should consider waiting until the end of his competitive career before doing such programmes. And last year Great Britain performance director Alexei Evangulov admitted his worry that Daley's media work was harming his Olympic prospects.
But Andy Banks, the Olympic bronze medallist's coach, said such criticism risked pushing him out of the sport. Banks told the Daily Telegraph: "There's a danger here that if Tom gets too much grief all the time then he'll say, 'I'm quite enjoying my TV stuff. Diving was great but I've done it for 10 years, so see you later. I'm off'."
He added: "That wouldn't do anyone any good as far as our sport is concerned.
"For the whole of the 10 years since Tom first walked through the door he has loved every minute of his diving. I'd hate for him to be pushed out of the sport because he no longer enjoys it because people are giving him too much grief.
"At the moment he is still in a position where he really enjoys what he's doing, but watch this space. Four years is a long time and a lot of water is going to flow under the bridge between now and then."
THAT PROGRAMME WAS TOTAL CRAP
TOM STICK TO WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT
YOUR AGENT MUST BE A TOTAL NOB TO GET YOU INVOLVED IN SUCH A MINDLESS SHAMBLES
Dont worry... if the rest of the series is as poor as the first episode he wont be doing much more media.
The show is very poor fair indeed.
Move along nothing to see here.
Leave Him alone let him enjoy all that he is offered, he is only young and needs to experience things
good luck tom all the best in everything you do
tom daley is a good looking guy, well spoken and nice white teeth. nothing wrong with that at all. i hope he carries on with his diving career and hopefully win gold in future olympics. BUT... i guarantee when his diving career ends the tv companies will be queueing up to sign him and that is when he will become very very annoying
it does not help when people competing in the show say its crap and they are only in it for the money
tom is a great guy and great sportsman
its a shame he is being dragged down by these comments