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The London Olympics 2012 brought a whole new interest in sport to the UK, plus helped to turn popular sports stars into celebrities, Tom Daley being one of them. He started out as just a diver with a dream of winning an Olympic medal, but is now a household name and even featured as a mentor for TV Splash which is set to return in 2014. It is his 19th birthday on May 21st so we take a look back at how it all started and say Happy Birthday to Tom! Thomas Robert Daley was born in 1994 and is from Plymouth, Devon. His diving career started out when he was spotted by a coach when taking part in his usual diving lessons in 2002 when he was only 7 years old. From this he was put into competitions, the first which he took part in during 2003 was where he won his first medal in the National Novice Championships. When he was 13 years old Tom won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games which were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. To date he has won 7 gold medals, 2 silver and 1 bronze; the famous medal that he accumulated most recently at the London games. Tom is an inspiration to young people who want to try out a sport and has picked up a lot of fans over recent years. Even with family struggles and facing challenging athletes Tom has managed to stay grounded and works hard to be at the top of his game in diving. He has won the young sports personality three times and was the first person ever to do so proving his influence on the public. He is now setting his sights on the 2016 Olympic Games which will take place in Rio, Brazil and his goal is to win a gold medal. He believes that most people peak at diving aged 22, which fits in perfectly for him in 2016, so with lots of training over the next few years this will hopefully mean he can accomplish his gold medal dreams. For any young people who feel inspired by the diving star, even if you are not into fitness, it is worth giving sport a chance. Test out a few different activities to see if you would be interested in any, whether it is swimming, running, yoga or something else, it could be the start of a hobby or even lead to a career. Take a look at what http://www.activ8fitnessclubs.co.uk/clubs/splash.html fitness clubs have to offer in the North East of England to start getting fit. Image Source: http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01564/TomDaley_1564867a.jpg sports