Olympian Tom Daley wants to become a TV presenter (Picture: Getty)
Tom Daley has his eyes on the prize…and that prize is becoming a TV star.
Britain’s top diving hope at the Tokyo Olympics aims to relaunch himself as a presenter covering gay issues and sport once he has taken his final leap from the 10m platform in a bid for the elusive gold medal.
Tom, 27, said: ‘I’d like to make documentaries exploring things that I feel really passionate about, like LGBT issues.
‘I feel like I could host all kinds of stuff but, to be honest, the dream is to take over Clare Balding’s job and present Olympic coverage.
‘Clare has to watch out,’ he warned.
But the former bronze medallist, who has a three-year-old son, Robbie, with Hollywood director Dustin Lance Black, 47, says he won’t let his career achievements define him.
Tom is after Clare Balding’s job (Picture: Getty)
The athlete wants to present LGBT documentaries (Picture: PA)
‘Before getting married and having a kid, I used to define myself by how well I do in a competition,’ Tom told the Radio Times. ‘Not any more. I’m a father, I’m a husband, so many more things than just a diver.’
His own dad, Robert, died of brain cancer ten years ago, aged 40.
‘He was my biggest cheerleader,’ Tom added. ‘But he didn’t see me compete at Beijing in 2008 or in London 2012. He didn’t get to take me for a driving lesson or for a first pint.
‘There is so much he missed; my wedding, his first grandkid, all of these things.
‘There are so many lessons that he taught me that I didn’t even know, at the time, that he had taught me.’
Tom then said of his own son: ‘My biggest achievement and my greatest thing is raising Robbie, just having him and Lance in my life. There is more to life than my diving.
‘But, at the same time, it’s been the most important thing in my life. Every athlete wants to win the gold medal; if they tell you different they’re lying.’
Read the full interview in Radio Times, out now.
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