Jack Laugher prepares to kick Olympic year off in style at National Diving Cup
Ripon ace Jack Laugher will get his Olympic year underway at the British Gas National Diving Cup in Southend this weekend.
The event marks the start of another busy year ahead for Laugher, which will culminate at the Rio Olympic Games in August.
Laugher last took part in the National Cup in 2012 when he won gold medals in the 1m and 3m springboard.
The 21-year-old will team up with best friend and City of Leeds Diving Club teammate Chris Mears in the 3m synchro, with the partnership hoping to claim the title for a first time.
Fellow British hopefuls Tom Daley and Rebecca Gallantree will be among the divers taking part in the competition.
Next month Laugher will begin his defence of the Diving World Series 3m springboard gold medal that he won last year.
He has already secured his place at the Rio Olympic Games in both the 3m springboard and 3m synchro events.