Tom Daley pays tribute to his father with picture on Twitter
OLYMPIC diving star Tom Daley has paid tribute to his late father with his followers on Twitter.
Tom, aged 18, has posted an image of himself and his much-loved dad Rob on the social networking website as part of a ‘photo of the day’ feature he has just started.
Alongside a charming snap of a smiling father and son, Tom wrote: “My #TomDaleyPhotoADay theme today is my dad...my hero :).”
The image has been copied, or re-Tweeted, an impressive 7,485 times by some of Tom’s 1,796,527 followers.
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Tom, who is just back from Spain and starts training again today, has also posted some pictures of himself with friends including fellow city diver Tonia Couch on a night out under the theme ‘Friends’.
The teenager has already dedicated the bronze medal he won at the Olympics in London to Rob, who lost a long battle with cancer last year.
The Plymouth College student has also paid tribute to the Paralympians. He said, on his page TomDaley1994: “It is just so amazing how inspiring all of the Paralympians are, competing with such grit and determination... heroes, all of you.”
Tom, speaking in London after winning his medal in the 10-metre platform event, said Rob would have been proud of him. His father, who died aged 40, was always his son’s most passionate supporter.
Tom, about to return to school this month, told The Herald after stepping on the podium: “I know if he was here he would be very proud. I want to dedicate this medal to my dad, my family, my supporters, my friends and the British public, for being so supportive over the last couple of weeks.”