Brian Phelps (diver)

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Brian Phelps
Brian Phelps 1966.jpg
Phelps at the 1966 European championships
Personal information
Born (1944-04-21) 21 April 1944 (age 71)
Chelmsford, England
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Sport Diving

Brian Eric Phelps (born 21 April 1944) is an English former diver. He won the gold medal in the 10 metre platform at the 1958 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, at the age of 14 and again in 1962 at age 18. He competed in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome at the age of 16, where he took bronze in the 10 metre platform event. He was also Commonwealth gold medallist in the 1962 and 1966 games on the 10 metre platform and the 3 metre springboard.[1]

Phelps then went on to found the OLGA trampoline club along with his wife, Monica Rutherford, an Olympic artistic gymnast. The club, based in the South of England, has generated many international performers since its opening. These include current coach Nigel Rendell whose son, Luke Rendell, is a current international performer and Tom and Hannah Lewis, both of whom have won major titles, Hannah's being the 2003 European championships with Tom's the 2005 World Age Championship win. Brian Camp, one of Phelps's main prodigies performs regularly with the world's best. Another club member has been Claire Wright. Other OLGA performers include Danielle Pietruszka and Katy Ianson.

Phelps is now retired and before his imprisonment was living in France. He is a former commentator on diving for the Eurosport television channel.

Indecent assault and indecency case[edit]

Phelps was remanded in custody at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on 9 January 2008[2] after being charged with rape, attempted rape and 19 indecent assaults on two girls. Phelps was remanded to appear at crown court on 16 January 2008. The attacks plus 19 indecent assaults took place from 1976 to 1986 – while the girls were between six and 15.

In front of Bournemouth magistrates on 6 February 2008, he was further charged with six counts of indecently assaulting a girl under 14 and one count of gross indecency, these offences being alleged to have taken place between 1975 and 1980. He next appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court on 25 March.[3]

At his trial Phelps admitted to 42 charges of indecent assault and indecency.[4] According to BBC News, he has been sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.[5]


  1. ^ Brian Phelps.
  2. ^ "Brit Olympic diver on rape rap". The Sun (London). 10 January 2008. 
  3. ^ Olympian Faces New Indecency Charges (from Thisisdorset)
  4. ^ "Olympic diver admits sex attacks". BBC. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  5. ^ "Olympic diver jailed for attacks". BBC. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16.