Who is Tom Daley?
Tom Daley or Thomas Robert Daley born 21 May 1994, is a British diver, television personality, YouTube vlogger and Olympic gold medallist. He specialises in the 10-metre platform and is a double World champion in that event; he won the 2009 FINA World Championship in the individual event at the age of 15, before regaining it in 2017. Daley was also the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist.
Tom Daley Biography, Wiki
Tom Daley was born in Plymouth, Devon, England, the son of Debbie (née Selvester) and Robert Daley. He has two brothers – William who is three years younger, and Ben who is five years younger. Their father, Robert, died from a brain tumour on 27 May 2011, aged 40, just a few days after Daley’s 17th birthday. His early diving hero was Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie, who won gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games at the age of 13, and British diver Leon Taylor, who later mentored him.
Daley was spotted by a coach, taking part in regular diving lessons, and was placed in a competitive squad in September 2002. His first competition was the National Novice Championships in April 2003 where he won a medal in the 8/9-year-old boys category. In September 2003, he took part in an invitational event in Southampton where he won the 1 m, 3 m and platform events, and first made his mark on the wider audience. Daley won his age group at the British Championships in the 1 m springboard, the 3 m springboard, and platform in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
In June 2004, the month after his tenth birthday, he won the platform competition in the National Junior (under-18) group, making him the youngest winner of that event. In 2005 Daley competed as a guest competitor in the Australian Elite Junior Nationals and placed first in platform and second in 3 m springboard in the 14–15 age group event.
He also competed in the 14–15 category at the 2005 Aachen Junior International, placing second in platform and third in 3 m springboard. He met the qualification standard for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, but was not selected for the England team because of his age. In 2006, he was the under-18 British champion in platform and 3m springboard, and he placed second in the 10 m platform at the 2007 senior British Championships, which were held in December 2006.
|Full name||Thomas Robert Daley|
|Born||21 May 1994 (age 27)|
Plymouth, England, UK
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||74 kg (163 lb)|
|Spouse(s)||Dustin Lance Black (m. 2017)|
|Event(s)||3 m, 3 m synchro, 10 m, 10 m synchro|
|Club||Plymouth Diving Club|
London High Performance Centre
|Coached by||Jane Figueiredo|
Tom Daley ‘incredibly proud to say I am gay and an Olympic champion’
“I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion. When I was younger I didn’t think I’d ever achieve anything because of who I was. To be an Olympic champion now just shows that you can achieve anything.”
Daley and Lee had produced a stunning performance in the synchronised 10m platform to take the gold medal by one point ahead of the supercharged Chinese pair Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen.
In the glow of victory, Daley spoke with startling clarity about the pressures he has faced in the course of a life lived in a uniquely pitched public glare.
Tom Daley’s long wait for gold ends at Tokyo 2020
Two teardrops stood still for a moment and glistened on Tom Daley’s skin soon after he and Matty Lee had draped gold medals around each other’s necks.
He is not an unpatriotic man but I am pretty sure Daley’s tears were the culmination of him remembering all the hope and disappointment, the despair and joy, he had endured these past 13 years. He had felt crushed at each of his three previous Olympics, in-between some happier moments when he won a bronze medal at London 2012 and then again in Rio 2016.
Tom Daley’s Personal Life, Girlfriends
Tom Daley created a YouTube channel on 23 August 2010. His channel consists of vlogs, exercises, food, etc. As of 2019, Daley has over 800,000 subscribers with over 100 million views. On 2 December 2013, Daley released a YouTube video announcing that he had been in a relationship with a man since early that year. He said: “I’ve never been happier.” Daley said that it had been a tough decision to speak out about his private life. He said: “I’d never felt the feeling of love, it happened so quickly, I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can’t get him out of my head all the time.” His spouse is American film screenwriter, director and producer Dustin Lance Black.
In the video, he did not use the words “gay” or “bisexual”. He said “Of course I still fancy girls.” When asked about his sexual orientation in a July 2015 interview with The Guardian, Daley said: “I don’t put a particular label on any of it because right now I’m in a relationship with a guy, but I still have sexual feelings towards girls.” When asked about his coming to terms with his same-sex attraction and his relationship with Black, he said: “I’d been in relationships with girls where I’d had sexual feelings, but it became so much more intense when I met Lance.” In a 2018 interview with PinkNews, Daley labelled himself as “queer”, stating “I am not 100 percent straight; I am not 100 percent gay.” Three years later during a press conference after winning his first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo he referred himself as a “gay man.”
Daley announced his engagement to Black on 1 October 2015. Daley and Black married at Bovey Castle in Devon on 6 May 2017. On 14 February 2018, Daley announced via his Instagram account that he and his husband were expecting their first child through surrogacy, which caused some criticism due to the ethical issues surrounding surrogacy. Their son, Robert “Robbie” Ray Black-Daley, was born on 27 June 2018. The family live in London. Daley and Black do not share pictures with their son’s face online or on social media accounts.
Tom Daley’s Educational Qualifications
From age 11 to 14 Tom Daley attended Eggbuckland Community College. At 13 he became a celebrity supporter of Childline, a children’s helpline run by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), and at that time it was revealed that he had been bullied eighteen months earlier. In April 2009, Daley alleged to Plymouth’s main local newspaper The Herald that he had been bullied at school since the Olympics, and his father told the BBC that he had temporarily withdrawn him from that school because its response to the problem had been ineffective. Daley was praised in the media for speaking out about his problem.
Daley was offered a full scholarship to board at independent school Brighton College, but his father turned this down due to the distance from home, and entered negotiations with local independent school Plymouth College, which had offered him a “very significant scholarship”. A few weeks later it was confirmed that Daley had enrolled at Plymouth College.
Daley took his GCSEs in small batches to fit around his diving commitments. He persuaded supermodel Kate Moss to pose for a recreation of an original portrait by David Hockney, as part of a GCSE photography project recreating great works of art, after meeting her on a photo shoot for the Italian version of Vogue. Daley obtained eight A* grades and one A in his GCSEs.
In 2012, Daley finished his two-year A-level studies in mathematics, Spanish and photography. Daley decided not to undertake an International Baccalaureate course because of the pressures he faced in his preparation for the 2012 Olympics. He received an A* in his Photography A-level, and an A in his Spanish and Maths A-levels.
Tom Daley’s Socail Media Activities
Tom Daley is very active through social media, including creating videos for his YouTube channel for a number of years. He used this platform to announce his relationship with American screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. He has subsequently posted a number of other videos with Black, as well as regular vlogs and fitness videos. Other social media platforms on which Daley is active include Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
In 2015, he became a patron of LGBT+ charity Switchboard (UK) and collaborated with YouTuber Calum McSwiggan to relaunch the charity under their new name.
In October 2017, Daley hosted the Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards for the first time.
On 30 September 2018, he was the guest on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. His favourite choice was “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding. His book choice was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling and his luxury item was an oven.
Tom Daley’s Honours and Awards
- Named Youngster of the Year by BBC South West in 2005.
- Named BBC South West Sports Personality of the Year, 2009.
- Short-listed to the final ten for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award in 2006.
- Short-listed to the final three for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award in 2008.
- Named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2007, 2009 and 2010 (only person ever to win this award more than once).
- Short-listed to the final ten for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2009 and 2010.
- Ranked No. 63 in Time’s 2008 edition of 100 Olympic Athletes To Watch.
- Won LEN Magazine’s “Athlete of the Year” award for men’s divers, 2009, on behalf of the European Swimming Federation. The award is voted for by representatives of all European Aquatic Federations and the media.
- Nominated for the 2010 Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year.
- Included in The Sunday Times’ “100 Makers of the 21st Century” list.
Tom Daley’s FAQ’s
Who is Tom Daley?
Thomas Robert Daley (born 21 May 1994) is a British diver, television personality, YouTube vlogger and Olympic gold medallist.
Who are Tom Daley’s Parents?
Tom Daley was born in Plymouth, Devon, England, the son of Debbie (née Selvester) and Robert Daley.
Is Tom Daley a Gay?
Yes, Tom Daley is Gay.
What is Tom Daley’s Net worth?
Tom Daley’s Net worth is under review and will be updated soon.
What is Tom Daley’s Spouse name?
Tom Daley’s Spouse’s name is Dustin Lance Black, both got married in 2017.