Tom Daley: My Story Hardcover – Dec 26 2012
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About the Author
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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A lot of people have reservations because Tom Daley is only 19 years old, and this book was written and published when he was 18. However, I can quite gladly say that it is a very articulate, informative read, and told in a very mature and honest way.
The book starts out with the Olympian medalist giving some preface to diving, and the basics and technicalities of it. The concepts are a little hard to understand at first, but are necessary for the rest of the book. I have a new-found respect for diving now, and the intricacy of the sport, realising it is not just jumping off a board and twisting downwards to a pool.
'My Story' doesn't just deal with sport though. While diving is the predominant theme, it is a book that touches on topics like; Tom's passion for diving, his concepts on 'fame' and a grounded perspective of it, bullying from teenagers at school who ended up forcing Tom to withdraw and attend another school, and a heart-wrenchingly detailed recount of observing his father's battle with cancer and how a teenager handles that.
I honestly recommend this book as a quick, yet informative and interesting read. I definitely learnt a lot and enjoyed it.
Having watched the summer Olympics and then visiting jolly ol' England my niece fell in love with Tom Daley and couldn't stop talking about him, well this is the next best thing i guess :-)