Fear Tom Daley could quit diving over criticism of TV work
Tom Daley's coach fears the Plymouth Olympian could quit diving amid criticism of his media commitments.
18-year-old Tom has been repeatedly criticised by leading figures in British and international diving for his media and commercial work.
Yesterday the chief executive of British Swimming, David Sparkes, said Tom should concentrate on his sport - not TV commitments like the new ITV series Splash!.
Today, Andy Banks, who is also a judge on the Saturday show, told The Telegraph the constant "grief" could drive World Champion gold medallist Tom out of competitive diving.
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He said: “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’. That wouldn’t do anyone any good as far as our sport is concerned."
He added: "At the moment he is still in a position where he really enjoys what he’s doing, but watch this space.”
The final episode of Splash! is on February 2, six days before the start of the British Gas Diving Championships.
Andy told The Telegraph Tom was just trying to provide for his family.
He said: "Our top athletes have to work to earn a living."
He added: "I struggle a little bit with people who turn round and say you shouldn’t do this, that or the other when they are on six-figure salaries."