Tom Daley explains he ‘buried dad’s ashes’ at the end of Olympic diving pool

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Tom Daley has revealed that he had his dad's ashes poolside at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Olympian revealed that his father's ashes were buried at the bottom of the steps to get onto the diving board, close to where Tom kept his water bottle.

Rob Daley had hoped to watch his son compete at the London 2012 games, but he sadly lost his battle with brain cancer just one year before the games, aged 40.

Despite his health deteriorating, Rob proudly followed Tom across the world and was a frequent sight at press conferences and poolside to congratulate the diver.

However, while many parents may be encouraged to spend time apart from their loved ones, Tom revealed on The One Show that he broke competition tradition and had Rob close to him.

Tom said: "He passed away in 2011 but no parents are allowed to sit on poolside, parents have to be away from all the athletes as much as possible.

"But my dad's ashes were actually buried at the bottom of the steps of the diving board, it's where I put my water bottle every time I'd go up to do a dive."

The dad-of-one added: "I'd touch it before I go up to do a dive and he had the best seats in the house."

Tom's admission lead hosts Sam Quake and Ronan Keating say: "Wow, that's amazing."

Rob has been battling a brain tumour that had returned just five years after he had initially been diagnosed with cancer but still attended every event Tom was competing in.

However, he couldn't attend the 2010 Commonwealth Games due to his diagnosis but had been determined to watch Tom compete in London, where he won Bronze in the 10m and came fourth in the 10m synchro dive.

Rob became known for hugging Tom shortly after his victory at the 2009 World Champions, where he became Britian's youngest world champion, aged 15.

Shortly after the death of his dad, Tom took to Twitter to share his heartbreak, saying: "If I could be half the dad that my Dad was to me then that would be my best achievement! I love you!"

  • The One Show
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