‘He had the best seat in the house’: Tom Daley reveals some of his late father’s ashes were buried at the bottom of London’s 2012 diving platform
Tom Daley revealed that some of his late father’s ashes were buried at the bottom of the London 2012 diving platform.
The 27-year-old diver told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning on Thursday that his father, who died of a brain tumor in 2011, had “the best seats in the house” at the Olympics nine years ago.
“We buried some of his ashes under the tile at the bottom of the platform so I could put my water bottle there—and touch it every time I performed. So he ended up having the best seat in the house,” he recalls.
Poignant: Tom Daley revealed on This Morning on Thursday that some of his late father’s ashes had been buried at the bottom of the London 2012 diving platform
Rob Daley was 40 years old when he died and Tom shared how London 2012 had been their shared dream.
“It was very hard for me to process that I would never see him again, and even though I knew he was sick and would die at some point, it was so awful to think about when it actually happened.
“I actually couldn’t believe that he wouldn’t see me competing in London 2012, because it was always something we’d always dreamed of doing together.”
Sad: Rob Daley was 40 when he died of a brain tumor [pictured with Tom in 2008]
Tom, along with Matty Lee, took his first gold medal in the final of the men’s synchronized 10m platform in Tokyo 2020, something he hoped would have made his father “extremely proud”.
Speaking of this highly anticipated achievement, he said: “It has always been my dream. I started diving when I was seven, so I’ve been diving for twenty years, almost all my life.’
He added: ‘I appreciated how well I did in life by how well I did in diving and over the years I always thought I could do it. [achieve gold] but it will be very heavy.’
Achievement: Tom, along with Matty Lee, took his first gold medal in the final of the men’s synchronized 10m platform in Tokyo 2020
In the all-encompassing interview, the father-of-one also discussed coming out as gay in 2013 and how some of his family were not so understanding.
“I think everyone has a slightly different reaction when you can finally come out and be honest and share your whole self with people – and I think some people need a little more time to understand and get it through to you.” to penetrate.
“My father would have been happy if I was happy. I think the most upset he would have been—if he was upset—was that I couldn’t share it with him from the very first moment I thought about it, because me and my dad were good friends,” he reflected.
Thinking: In the all-encompassing interview, the father of one also discussed coming out as gay in 2013 and how some of his family weren’t so understanding
Tom’s strength didn’t stop at diving during this year’s postponed Olympics, as he also showcased a new hobby: knitting.
Showing off the iconic Team GB jersey he made by the pool, it was clear that the pastime shows no signs of wear and tear.
He laughed, “I started crocheting Christmas doilies and Lance was like, ‘Tom, something needs to be done here, you don’t have to knit everything in the house!'”
Pastime: Tom’s strength didn’t stop with diving at this year’s postponed Olympics as he also showcased a new hobby – knitting