‘He had the best seat in the house’: Tom Daley reveals that some of his late father’s ashes were buried at the bottom of the London 2012 diving platform  

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Tom Daly revealed that some of his late father’s ashes were buried under the London 2012 diving platform.

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The 27-year-old diver told Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on Thursday morning that their father, who died of a brain tumor in 2011, had the ‘best seats in the house’ during the Olympics nine years ago.

‘We buried some of his ashes under the tile under the stage so I could put my drink bottle in there – and I could touch it every time I was about to perform. So in the end he had the best seat in the house,’ she recalled.

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Touching: Tom Daly revealed on Thursday morning that some of his late father’s ashes were buried under a London 2012 diving platform

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Rob Daly was 40 when he passed away and Tom elaborated on how London 2012 was their shared dream.

‘I found it really hard to process that I would never see him again, and although I knew he was sick and was going to die at some point, it was so terrifying to think about when it actually happened.

‘I really couldn’t let it sink in that he wasn’t watching me compete in London 2012 because it was always something we always dreamed of doing together.’

Sad: Rob Daly was 40 when he died of brain tumor [pictured with Tom in 2008]

Sad: Rob Daly was 40 when he died of brain tumor [pictured with Tom in 2008]

Tom said, 'We buried some of his ashes under the tile at the bottom of the platform so that I could put my drink bottle there. [pictured  - men's synchronised 10m platform at London 2012]

Tom said, ‘We buried some of his ashes under the tile at the bottom of the platform so that I could put my drink bottle there. [pictured  – men’s synchronised 10m platform at London 2012]

Tom won his first gold medal alongside Matty Lee in the men's synchronized 10m platform final at Tokyo 2020, something he hoped would make his father 'extremely proud'.

Tom won his first gold medal alongside Matty Lee in the men’s synchronized 10m platform final at Tokyo 2020, something he hoped would make his father ‘extremely proud’.

Tom won his first gold medal alongside Matty Lee in the men’s synchronized 10m platform final at Tokyo 2020, something he hoped his father would be ‘extremely proud of’.

Of this long-awaited achievement, he said: ‘It has always been my dream. I started diving when I was seven, so I’ve been diving for twenty years, so it’s been almost my whole life.’

He said: ‘I used to value how well I was doing in life over how well I was doing at diving and over the years I always thought I could [achieve gold] But it’s going to be really tough.’

Achievement: About this long-awaited achievement, he said: 'It has always been my dream.  I started diving when I was seven, so I've been diving for twenty years, so it's been almost my whole life'

Achievement: About this long-awaited achievement, he said: ‘It has always been my dream. I started diving when I was seven, so I’ve been diving for twenty years, so it’s been almost my whole life.

In a tell-all interview, the father-of-one also discussed coming out as gay in 2013 and how some of his family members were not so sensible.

‘I think everyone’s reaction is a little bit different when you’re finally able to come out and be honest about sharing your whole self with people – and I think some people understand that. Take a little more extra time and let it sink in.

‘My dad would have been happy that I was happy. I think the thing that bothered him the most – if he was upset – was that I couldn’t share it with him from the very first moment, because my dad and I were good friends,’ he said. reflected.

Reflecting: In a tell-all interview, the father-of-one also discussed coming out as gay in 2013 and how some of his family members weren't so sensible

Reflecting: In a tell-all interview, the father-of-one also discussed coming out as gay in 2013 and how some of his family members weren’t so sensible

Tom didn’t stop diving during this year’s postponed Olympics, as he also took up a new hobby – knitting.

He showed the iconic Team GB jumper that he made it poolside and it was clear that the pastime had not shown signs of deterioration.

He laughed: ‘I started crocheting the Christmas place mat and Lance was like “Tom, needs an intervention here, not everything in the house has to be knitted!”

Pastime: Tom's bite didn't stop at diving during this year's postponed Olympics, as he also took up a new hobby - knitting

Pastime: Tom’s bite didn’t stop at diving during this year’s postponed Olympics, as he also took up a new hobby – knitting

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