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My Story Hardcover – 24 May 2012
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Born in 1994, Tom Daley started diving at the age of seven. Specializing in the 10 metre platform event, he became the youngest British World Champion in any sport to come first in the FINA World Championships. He represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he was Britain's youngest competitor. Tom won two gold medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 10 metre synchro diving and the 10 metre individual platform competition. In 2007, 2009 and 2010, he was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. Tom lives with his family in Plymouth and is currently training for the 2012 London Olympics.
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What is also apparent is how random it is to win in this sport, surely one of the most difficult because of its subjective marking.
The overall impression is just what a normal person Tom is, and what a good person he is too. Worth every penny.
Fantastic book. Well done tom!
The book follows how Tom obtained his love for diving and the different competitions that he has won (I had no idea it was so many!). It also goes through the various setbacks that Tom faced and how he overcame this. This is an interesting topic because I personally think it takes alot to pick yourself back up after having your confidence shattered however Tom didn’t let it stop him.
The book also goes through how diving has affected other parts of Tom’s life including his education. I always assumed that Tom would be treated normally by the students at his school, if they did treat him differently then it would be being praised. However a section of this book goes through how he was bullied (and I mean bullied – rugby tackled and threatened that someone would break his legs), I can’t believe he was treated like this so it was interesting to hear about this section of his life away from what the media portrays.
The hardest part of the book has to be when Tom loses his father, it gave off such raw emotion. Normally it takes quite a lot to make me fill up however just the way Tom describes what happened had me. His father always supported him up to the very end. What gets me is how Tom dealt with the death, most people would stop diving for a while but not Tom, his dad would have wanted him to continue and so thats what Tom did.
I was so surprised by this book, it gave such a different view of what Tom is actually like compared to what the media portrays. It also shows just how much Tom has gone through and how nothing will stop him from achieving his dreams. He truly is an inspiration.
I would recommend this book to people of all ages however mainly to the people who only know things about Tom from the media, you have no idea how inspirational he really is and you need to read this book to understand this.
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