Olympic heartache for Harrogate diver Dingley

Oliver Dingley's Olympic dream is over
Oliver Dingley's Olympic dream is over

Harrogate diver Oliver Dingley won’t be going to the Olympics.

Team GB have two places for the Men’s Springboard event in London and despite Oliver gaining a silver medal at the recent Olympic Trials, the National Performance Director did not select him.

The selection was at the discretion of Alexei Evangulov, who is in his fourth year as NPD and selected the diver who gained the bronze medal at the trials.

Oliver who is just 19 become the youngest ever British men’s springboard champion at the age of 15 and has gone on to gain two further national senior titles.

A place at London 2012 was a realistic prospect for Oliver until January this year when Oliver suffered a serious abdominal injury that left him almost unable to walk.

He was advised by doctors not to dive for 8 weeks and made a slow recovery, rebuilding his strength and eventually gaining his form in time for the Olympic trials in Sheffield.

Speaking a week after the event Oliver said: “I was pleased to gain the silver medal and demonstrate my potential. Finding out from the media that the selection had been made without my inclusion was a cruel way to learn my Olympic hopes for 2012 had come to an end.”

No explanation has been offered to Oliver why the third placed diver was chosen.

Oliver is already looking to the future and is interested in any local companies or individuals who would like to work with him using his infectious enthusiasm to motivate those they work with.

He said: “The years ahead of me in my career will be an adventure and others may wish to share that with me. Anyone interested can email me at oliverjdingley@gmail.com”