Mum’s the word as Leeds diver Jack makes a splash at Games

Jack Laugher and his mum Jackie.
Jack Laugher and his mum Jackie.
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Yorkshire diving star Jack Laugher’s mum watched him win his second gold medal of the Commonwealth Games and declared: “That’s my boy!”

Jackie Laugher was poolside as 19-year-old Jack took the men’s three-metres synchronised springboard title yesterday with best friend Chris Mears.

City of Leeds Diving Club member Jack, from Harrogate, had already claimed gold in the men’s one-metre individual springboard on Wednesday.

He also took silver in the men’s three-metre individual springboard on Thursday.

And Jackie yesterday spoke of her pride at her son’s glittering achievements at the Games.

Wearing Jack’s medals around her neck, she told the YEP: “I was nervous watching him but then again I always am!

“They didn’t need too many points from their final dive but the atmosphere was still electric.

“A few tears have been shed by me during the medal ceremonies but they have been ones of happiness.”

Jackie was joined at the Royal Commonwealth Pool by husband Dave and daughter Katie plus assorted other loved ones.

Also in attendance were family and friends of Jack’s diving partner Chris, another City of Leeds team member even though he comes from Reading.

“It was lovely to be able to share the moment with them,” said Jackie. “We’ve become very close.”

City of Leeds’s other competitors in Scotland include Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree, who took gold in the synchronised three-metre springboard on Wednesday.

Praise for the divers was led yesterday by Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for creative and digital technologies, culture and skills.

She said: “The fact that divers from Leeds make up almost half of the squad competing for Team England at the Commonwealth Games is a truly extraordinary accomplishment and one which we’re very proud of.”

Gary Verity, chief executive of the Welcome to Yorkshire tourism agency, said: “It’s great to see Yorkshire sportsmen and sportswomen representing the county at the Commonwealth Games.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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