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Less than 2 months to the Olympic Games
Date: 30/6/2008
Well it's been another busy month for me both in and out of the pool and with less than two months till the Olympic Games it's a very exciting time.

At the beginning of June I competed in a World Series event in Nanjing. Here I was up against some of the best divers in the World so it was a challenging event. In the prelim rounds I got a personal best and in the final I came 4th so it was another solid performance. It's great to get results like this with Beijing 2008 approaching. This event was good experience for me as it gave me chance to perform in front of a Chinese crowd and get a flavour of what it will be like in August.

On the 6th of June I was at 10 Downing Street to see the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. This was to launch a new initiative where under 16's and over 60's get the opportunity to swim for free. It's really important that we all exercise, whatever age we are, so initiatives like this can really help.

Six days later I was in Oxford Street for the Team GB kit launch. We were pictured wearing our new kits in the Adidas store. There were a few other sports stars there too including cyclist, Victoria Pendleton, Paralympic sprinter, John McFall and modern pentathlete, Heather Fell. It was lots of fun as we were posing for photographs in the store's shop window. There was a lot of media there taking our pictures.

But the next day I saw even more media as I attended a press day in Plymouth, where I live. It was a full and intense day of interviews. Everyone wanted to know about my plans for the next few months and what I am aiming for. I really enjoy all the media side of the sport and as I hope to go into TV work when my diving career is over so it's all good experience. There was media from all over the world including Japan and America.

After a busy few days working I really enjoyed celebrating my dad's birthday. We had a big party at my grandma's house with a marquee. It was nice to have a break from all the intense media attention and enjoy spending some time with my family away from the spotlight.

I couldn't relax too much though as on the 21st June I had the Olympic trials in Leeds. Unfortunately my synchronised diving partner Blake Aldridge wasn't able to compete as he had a minor injury so I just competed in the individual event. It was another good performance for me as I broke the 500 points barrier for the first time. At the end of the event my place in the Olympic Games, in both the individual and synchronised events, was confirmed. I was totally overwhelmed. After months of speculation, to know that I was definitely going to the Olympics was an amazing feeling. I have worked so hard for it.

I have just come back from a week's holiday in Alcudia. This was a much needed break to spend time with my family and relax. I train twice a day and still need to keep on top of my school work so life is very hectic back home. I try and see my friends as much as possible as they are very important to me. We go to the cinema when we can and in a few days I am going out for a meal with them all as it will be a while before I see them again with my going to Beijing.

One part of my training that is very important to me is the help I get from my mentor, Leon Taylor. He's so experienced and has given me some great advice. I can ring him anytime with any questions I have. So I rang him last week asking about what happens at the opening ceremony, and also about the athlete's village and what to expect. It really helps to speak to someone who has already experienced it all.

That's about it for me this month. Next month you can read what I get up to in the weeks before I fly out to Beijing.

Speak soon

Tom




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