November 26 - The iconic Aquatics Centre on the London 2012 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is to become the High Performance Diving Centre (HPC) for British Swimming, the sport's governing body announced today.
Due to be officially opened early next year, British Swimming says it will work alongside the venue operator GLL and the London Legacy Development Corporation to provide world class facilities for elite athletes and the local community also.
"It is fantastic news that the Aquatics Centre will become home to British diving," said Dennis Hone, chief executive of the Legacy Company.
"These world-class facilities will be used by some of the country's top divers when it opens next year.
"The Centre will be a high performance training facility and competition venue as well as open to the public for the same price as the average cost at local pools.
"These elite sports will sit alongside community sports to provide a lasting legacy for all."
During the London 2012 diving competition, China dominated the water, winning six of the eight gold medals available.
Tom Daly was the only Briton to claim a medal when he took bronze in the men's 10 metre platform.
The former world champion is believed to be considering the possibility of relocating from his home in Devon, where he trains at the Plymouth Life Centre, in order to utilise the facilities at the Aquatics Centre when it is up and running.
British Swimming's national performance director, Alexei Evangulov hopes that the opening of the new facility next year will help push elite British diving forward and also inspire a new generation of divers to take to the boards.
"We are really pleased to have an HPC at the pool that was used for the Olympic Games and are excited about when the doors open in the spring," he said.
"The London Aquatics Centre is a fantastic facility with world class boards and dry land provision.
"A facility like this will help shape the next generation of athletes and allow them to see what an elite competition venue is like on a day-to-day basis.
"The pool holds great memories for not only the British public but also our divers and all athletes that use this centre will have a small taste of the Olympics every time they walk through the door."
That sentiment was echoed by David Sparkes, chief executive of British Swimming, who is in the process of searching for a world-class diving coach to head up the new HPC.
"We are delighted to be working with GLL and London Legacy Development Corporation to ensure we build on the Olympics and create a massive diving legacy programme for London," he said.
The Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre, which hosted all Olympic and Paralympic aquatics events during London 2012, has recently undergone a facelift with more than 600 panes of glass fitted to the outside of the facility and the two wings that housed temporary seating for the Games have been removed reducing the capacity from 15,000 to around 2,500, with the option of adding 1,000 seats for major events.
The facility boasts two 50 metre swimming pools and a 25m diving pool and is estimated to have cost £251 million ($382 million/€293 million) to build.
It will host its first major international Championships following the Olympics when the European Swimming Championships come to London in 2016.
"The London Aquatics Centre is an iconic facility which will play a major part in bringing international, national and local legacy to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park," said GLL director Peter Bundey.
"It is very exciting therefore to work closely with British Swimming to secure a diving programme that will help the country's best divers prepare for future Olympic Games.
"As a charitable social enterprise, our partnership is also important to help inspire a new generation of young divers, who in turn will strive to be part of this High Performance Programme."
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