Tag: Commonwealth Games


I did it!
I set my alarm for 02:40 to watch Tom diving in the 10m Synchro, live at the Commonwealth Games and it was worth it!!

Gold and Silver for England!!

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Considering he had Pneumonia earlier in the year and suffered a concussion during the World Series Competition in March AND he injured his hip during training on the Gold Coast, I think the boy did good!!

Tom and his diving partner, Daniel Goodfellow, dived pretty consistently and gained a good points lead over the first 5 rounds, which is just as well because poor Daniel had a bit of a nightmare on the final dive when he lost his orientation, straightened up too late and face planted the water. He was pretty winded when he got out of the water and looked like he could vomit!
Thankfully the points they’d already garnered were enough to keep the top spot.

A special mention has to be made about the Silver winners, Daniel Dixon and Noah Williams.
Both of them are only 17 years old but they kept their cool and worked their way up the points and even stood a good chance of pipping Tom and Daniel in the final dive of the competition.
It’s Daniel’s 18th birthday next week!! I think it’s going to be a happy one.

It’s such a pity that the hip injury has meant that Tom can’t compete in the individual 10m, but it’s good that’s he’s prioritising his own health over another medal!!
I hope that with all that’s going on in his life, and the addition soon to arrive for him and Lance, that he stays healthy, manages to continue his training with no issues and then smashes out some medals at the next Olympics (and all competitions in between).

Urgh, I’m going to be a zombie by lunchtime!!


After the excitement of the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, I was steeling myself for a weekend of Diving with Tom Daley.

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Unfortunately, he’s had to withdraw from his individual 10m platform event due to injury.
I am absolutely gutted.


He will still be competing in the synchronized 10m platform event with Daniel Goodfellow.

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The only problem with this is that it means the only time I will get to see Tom diving is at 3am on Friday morning here in the UK.
I’m so glad I’m not working. I’m just going to have to set my alarm.

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Anyway, poor Tom.
All the hard work he’s been putting into defending his Commonwealth title for the third time!! I can only imagine how he’s feeling.

Team England have quoted….

“The technical dives in the individual event put enormous physical strain on Tom’s body. Due to prior illness and with his hips being the determining factor, some of the dives Tom was due to demonstrate in the individual event would be too dangerous and impactful on his body.”

I just hope he does well in the synchro and doesn’t hurt himself too much.
Permanent Hip problems could mean the end of his diving career and that would be a disaster.
I really want to see him at the next Olympics. So 2 more years of hard work ahead of him. Dealing with a major injury could make it even harder.

At least Lance is there to support him!!

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What a competition that was. Talk about heart pounding stuff!
Again, the boys did good in the all-around competition.
Nile took the gold and James took the silver.

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It’s now 3am and I’m off to bed, although I’m so pumped full of adrenaline I don’t think I’ll be sleeping much!


I have been lucky enough to be able to watch quite a lot of the Commonwealth Games so far.
As I stated in an earlier blog, Gym and Diving are my favourite events and I managed to stay up through the night on the first day to watch the English Men’s Artistic Gymnasts WIN gold!!

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My boys did amazingly well.
I can’t wait to watch Nile and James compete in the all around title just after midnight tonight!
I am hoping that Nile will be walking away with another gold.

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He absolutely nailed his high bar routine in the team event, getting one of the highest scores of the tournament with 15.100.

Then today, the women’s team, against all odds, won the silver team medal.

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They missed out on the Gold by just 0.425 of a point!!
Considering that this team went into the event after suffering a few unexpected blows prior to the games after recent injuries or forced withdrawals meant that most of the team were dubuting and none of them were olympians, I think they did amazingly well.

However, I have to say, that I much prefer to watch the Men’s Gym.
It’s powerhouse performances, stripped back to the difficulty and execution with none of the sparkly, fancy, twirly, dancy, faffing that the girls are forced to contend with.
I can’t even watch Rythmic Gymnastics.

So, Men’s Individual all-around just after midnight tonight.
Men’s Floor, Pommel and Rings on Sunday between 05:30am and 08:30am and Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar on Monday, again between 05:30am and 08:30am.

Mmmm, University day starts at 09:30……. I can make that!!