Diving champion Matty Lee is back in Plymouth to ‘get used’ to the Life Center pool

Olympic diving superstar Matty Lee is in Plymouth training and ‘getting used to the pool’ at The Life Center ahead of the British National Diving Cup to be held in the city next month.

Kicking off a busy year for the sport, Plymouth Life Center will host the three-day event from February 11-13, where Britain’s best divers will compete for national titles in an elite competition environment – the first National Diving Cup since 2019.

The 2022 calendar will feature World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships, alongside a standout series of elite international competitions later in the year.

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Matty Lee fans have been following his I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here journey closely, and now the Olympic gold medalist is back in Ocean City, UK, for another training session.

Matty Lee posted to his Instagram story to tell his fans that he and fellow diver Noah Williams were back in Plymouth.

He said: “So it’s been a damn long time since I shared a room with a fellow boy.

“This time it’s Noah Williams. We’re in Plymouth for training camp, but for a few days, just to familiarize yourself with the pool, am I right Noah?

“Because the Nationals are in Plymouth again. It won’t be anywhere else, right? Um, but we love it, and yes, just chilling with your boy.’

The National Diving Cup has been disrupted for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic – making this year’s competition its first since 2019.

Speaking about the announcement of the first British National Diving Cup in three years, British Swimming Associate Performance Director Tim Jones said: “We are so pleased to be hosting another national senior diving event after the disruption of the past two years.

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“During the Olympics, the European Championships – both senior and junior competitions – and the 2021 FINA Diving World Cup provided so many incredible moments for our divers, and we know the important role this event will play in preparing our athletes for a busy 2022, and give them the chance to compete for national medals and help us with World Cup team selections

“The National Diving Cup is also a valuable competition insight for our younger divers, and it has provided a platform for future success for some of our most established international medalists.

“We are grateful to the Plymouth Life Center and Plymouth City Council for organizing what we expect will be another fantastic event. The Life Center hosted the successful Elite Junior Diving Championships in October, and the knowledge gained from that COVID safe event will be important this time too.”

Councilor Mark Deacon, Plymouth City Council Cabinet Member for Customer Service, Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “It is fantastic to see senior divers again competing in the National Diving Cup here in Plymouth. The Life Center is a world class facility and it continues to be a prime venue for competitions.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming divers back to Ocean City in the UK and wish everyone the best of luck in the upcoming competition.”

Tom Daley and Matty Lee celebrate winning the gold medal for synchronized diving at the Tokyo Olympics
Tom Daley and Matty Lee celebrate winning the gold medal for synchronized diving at the Tokyo Olympics

What is the National Diving Cup?

The National Diving Cup is the main selection event for the World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka in May, and also plays an important preparatory role for those other world-leading sports festivals, with athletes competing in 1m and 3m springboard and 10m platform competitions, in individual and synchronized events.

For the Olympians of the future, the Plymouth-based competition will also provide them with an invaluable opportunity to take on their older counterparts, four months after the high-profile Elite Junior Diving Championships In Memory of David Jenkins, which took place in October 2021.

Due to the ongoing COVID situation across the country, the event will take place behind closed doors, which unfortunately means no spectators will be able to attend.

Lessons from a series of events in 2021 across all our disciplines will be put at the heart of plans to deliver a COVID safe competition.

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