Tom Daley undergoing therapy for terror dive after disappointing competition at London Aquatics Centre

18:22 28 April 2014

Tom Daley said he is undergoing therapy to combat his fear of a certain dive. Pic: John Walton/PA

Tom Daley said he is undergoing therapy to combat his fear of a certain dive. Pic: John Walton/PA

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tom Daley has revealed he is undergoing therapy to try and eradicate the issue with his twist dive, describing it as a “phobia”.

The back two-and-a-half somersault with a two-and-a-half twist once again proved problematic for the 19-year-old at the FINA/NVC Diving World Series last weekend.

Following his fifth-placed finish Daley admitted he was struggling to overcome the fear of performing the dive.

“The scale of this issue is massive,” he said. “I’m going under different types of therapy.

“It is almost trauma therapy – to get myself to process the things that have gone wrong on it to get it to a stage where I can forget about it and feel positive about it.

“I am literally terrified of it. I suppose you could call it a phobia and I don’t know what my heart rate is when I go up there and do it but it’s definitely above 180, something ridiculous, because it is so terrifying.”

Having scored just 61.20 on his least favourite dive, Daley all but put paid to his chance of a medal at the London Aquatics Centre competition and ended the final 24.10 off the bronze medal position.

He will now miss the next leg of the World Series in Moscow to work closely with coach Jane Figueiredo and is looking to replace the dive in his repertoire.

For more news from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, check out our Parklife section in print and online.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham News Stories

60 minutes ago

A Baptist minister will invite listeners to explore the history of the country’s most religious borough with a presentation delving into 1,000 years of history.


A government review of gambling machines that “suck the life-blood” out of economies has been welcomed by Sir Robin Wales.


An estate agent has opened an American diner in the hope of bringing “proper gourmet food” to the borough.

60 minutes ago

A new eco-park which promises to provide an urban idyll for toddlers and juniors has been opened.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Read more

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now