Diving: Daley keen on happy end to difficult year

World diving champion Tom Daley may not expect to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, but he intends to enjoy Sunday evening's ceremony with his family following one of the most difficult years in his young career.

The Daley family were hit hard at the start of the year when Tom's father, Rob, was re-diagnosed with a brain tumour following a routine scan.

Rob Daley, 40, had a large tumour in his brain removed four years ago and his latest scare prevented him from flying to the Commonwealth Games in October to watch his son claim a gold double in the individual and synchro 10m platform.

Those successes earned the 16-year-old Daley his second consecutive nomination for the Sports Personality of the Year award, while he is also in line for a third Young SPOTY award.

And while Daley admits he is "honoured" to be listed alongside the likes of golf's world number one Lee Westwood and heavyweight world champion David Haye he is looking forward to spending the evening with his family.

Eight members of the Daley family will make the trek to Birmingham with Tom, including his father, mother and two younger brothers.

"It's a bit of an entourage that we are bringing," Daley said.

"I've been able to get tickets for all of them so we'll spend the weekend in Birmingham.

"I'm really looking forward to it. I was able to go last year and it is an amazing night, especially with my family there.

"I don't know about winning it though, it is an honour just to be named for the award.

"It is in the hands of the public so I don't really know what is going to happen, but if I was to win then I would be so thankful to the British public."

Daley's nomination was earned on the back of his double success in Delhi, although he may not have even competed after injury in the middle part of the year threatened his participation.

A triceps complaint sidelined him for a large chunk of the year and prevented him from defending his European title in August.

The injury was an example of how Daley's growing body is susceptible to injury, a fact the teen admits he will have to deal with over the next year heading into the 2012 Olympics.

"Growing is the main cause of injuries at this stage of my career so it is a case of keeping on top of everything with my strength and conditioning," he said.

"I have grown a lot in the past two years. I'm not sure exactly how much but I have been lucky in that I have grown taller and wider at the same rate. That has meant I've been able to keep symmetrical which is important for a diver.

"But my legs have grown which means you spin a little bit slower so I have to keep working on my new dives with that in mind.

"The injuries this year were annoying but that is sport sometimes. I'm just happy that it has happened now rather than in an Olympic Games year.

"What this year has shown is that I have a very good support system around me with my team, physios and family to help me get through these things."

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