All eyes on Plymouth as country’s top divers prepare for Tokyo 2020

Plymouth has been chosen to host the 2020 British Diving Championships in January, showcasing the nation’s star divers as they prepare for the Olympic Games in Japan later that year.

Top performers including Jack Laugher, Tom Daley, Lois Toulson, Grace Reid and Plymouth Diving’s Matthew Dixon are expected to compete not only for national titles but places on what is likely to be a highly competitive British Olympic team.

And in April there’s a chance to see some of the young diving stars of the future in action, with the British Elite Junior Diving Championships also confirmed for the Plymouth Life Centre.

Plymouth City Council, Everyone Active and British Diving are teaming up once again to stage two fantastic events, with the British Diving Championships taking place from 24 to 26 January and the British Elite Junior Diving Championships from 6 to 8 April.

Deputy Council Leader Pete Smith said: “We’re so pleased to be hosting the British Diving Championships in Plymouth again, especially during such a big year for the city and with all eyes on Tokyo in the summer. This reaffirms the Plymouth Life Centre as a top venue for these events and we’re sure to see some first class diving displays.”

Julian Egan, Everyone Active’s contract manager in Plymouth, said: “We are all excited to be welcoming the country’s top divers to Plymouth once again. We’re honoured that the Life Centre has been selected to host two prestigious events in the 2020 domestic diving calendar.

“It’s great for our divers to be able to compete locally and we’re looking forward to seeing them challenging for medals. It promises to be a fantastic weekend of competition and I would encourage everyone to come down to cheer on our local divers.”

Tickets will go on sale towards the end of November on the British Swimming website.