Jack Laugher, MBE
// Leeds, UK
British diver, Olympic gold and silver medallist, world & European champion.
Team GB Diver,Olympic Champion, 5x Commonwealth Champion, European champion.
"I’ve always dreamed my entire life of getting an Olympic medal and I always said when I was younger that if I got an Olympic gold, I would go out as a champion and retire – I can’t ever be beaten then because I would never compete again."
Jack Laugher is an Olympic Champion, a triple European Champion and a 5x Commonwealth Champion diver and altogether Britain’s most successful diver in history. In July 2014, he won bronze in the 3m springboard at the World Cup held in Shanghai. Soon afterwards at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he won the gold medal in the 1m springboard, then a second gold in the 3m synchro with Chris Mears. At the 2015 World Championship in Kazan, Russia, Laugher and Mears won bronze in the 3m springboard synchro, thus qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Laugher then won a second bronze in the individual 3m springboard, making him the first Briton to win two medals in a World Championships. In May 2016, he won the 3m synchronised springboard at the European Championships in London with Mears and a silver in the individual 3m springboard. At the 2016 Olympics, Laugher and Mears became the first ever diving gold medal winners for Great Britain in the men's synchronised 3m springboard. They scored 454.32, beating the American Sam Dorman and Michael Hixon (450.21) and the Chinese pair Qin Kai and Cao Yuan in bronze (443.70). Laugher also won silver medal in the individual 3m springboard. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast, Australia, Laugher successfully defended his title on the 1m springboard. The next day, he added another gold after winning the 3m springboard event, then followed it up with a third gold of the Games after winning the men's 3m synchronised springboard with Chris Mears. At the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow/Edinburgh, Laugher won gold in the men's 1m springboard. He won a second gold in the men's 3m springboard and added silver to this tally in the championships with a second place in the 3m synchro springboard with Chris Mears.