Jack Laugher

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Jack Laugher
Jack Laugher 2012.jpg
Laugher in 2012
Personal information
Full nameJack David Laugher[1]
Born (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 (age 25)
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
CountryGreat Britain
Event(s)3 m synchro
ClubCity of Leeds Diving Club

Jack David Laugher MBE (/lɔː/ LOR; born 30 January 1995) is a British diver competing for Great Britain and England. A specialist on springboard, he competes in individual springboard events, and in synchronised events with Chris Mears and later Daniel Goodfellow.[2] Laugher and Mears became Britain's first diving Olympic champions by winning a gold medal in the men's synchronised 3m springboard event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, an achievement many had expected double world 10m champion Tom Daley would achieve first.[3] A week later, Laugher won a silver in the men's individual 3m springboard at the same Games, becoming the first British diver to win multiple Olympic diving medals at the same Games.[4]

Laugher was a double Commonwealth Games champion for England at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, a triple champion in 2018, and the first British diver to win two medals at the same World Championships, the 2015 World Championships.[5] In 2015, Laugher won the overall title in the FINA Diving World Series for 3-metre springboard.[6]

Early life[edit]

Laugher was born on 30 January 1995 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire to David and Jackie Laugher.[1][7] He was educated at Ripon Grammar School, a co-educational state grammar school in Ripon, North Yorkshire.[8]

Laugher became interested in diving when he was seven during a family visit to Harrogate Hydro Swimming Pool and a lifeguard told him to go for diving lessons.[9] He began to learn diving at the Harrogate and District Diving Club at the Hydro.[10] He broke his upper arm when he was 14 during a trampolining competition, and had a metal plate inserted to hold his humerus bone together.[7]

Laugher has stated that his surname is pronounced 'Law'.[11]

Diving career[edit]


Laugher won the one-metre and three-metre springboard titles at the 2010 European Junior Championships and the 2010 World Junior Championships.[12]

In September 2010, he competed at the World Junior Championships in Tucson, Arizona and won gold at both the 1m and 3m springboard events.[13] In October that year, he represented England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games where he was partnered with Oliver Dingley in the synchro.[14][15]

Greg Louganis was reported as being impressed with Laugher's diving.[16]


In 2012 Laugher was selected for the Great Britain 2012 London Olympics team. On 6 August 2012, he competed in the Men's 3-metre springboard,[12] but he failed to make it to the semi-final stage. In October 2012, Laugher became the Junior World champion again, winning the 3m springboard in Adelaide, Australia.[17] He won the 3m Synchro competition with Tom Daley.[18]

Laugher first teamed up with Chris Mears in the 3-metre Springboard in 2013.[19] In October 2013 he took on the role of Ambassador for the sport of VX.[20]

In July 2014, he won bronze in the 3m springboard at the World Cup held in Shanghai.[21] Soon afterwards at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he won the Gold medal in the 1m springboard, then a second gold in the 3m synchro with Chris Mears.[22]

At the 2015 World Championship in Kazan, Russia, Laugher and Mears won bronze in the 3m springboard synchro, thus qualifying for the Rio Olympics.[23] Laugher then won a second bronze in the individual 3m springboard, making him the first Briton to win two medals in a World Championships.[24]

2016 Olympics[edit]

Chris Mears and Jack Laugher at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

In January 2016, Laugher suffered a foot injury while training.[25] In May 2016, he won the 3m synchronised springboard at the European Championships in London with Mears, and a silver in the individual 3m springboard.[26]

At the 2016 Olympics, Laugher and Mears became the first ever diving gold medal winners for Great Britain in the men's synchronised 3-metre springboard. first Olympic diving gold medal with victory in the men's synchronised 3m springboard in Rio. They scored 454.32, beating the American Sam Dorman and Michael Hixon (450.21) and the Chinese pair Qin Kai and Cao Yuan in bronze (443.70).[3] Laugher also won Silver medal in the individual 3-metre springboard.[4]


Laugher and Mears won three silvers in the 3m Synchro in four events of the Fina/NVC Diving World Series, two in China[27] and one in Russia.[28] However they finished out of the medal position in fourth at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships.[29]


At the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast, Australia, Laugher successfully defended his title on the 1m springboard.[30] The next day, he added another gold after winning the 3m springboard event,[31] then followed it up with a third gold of the Games after winning the men's 3-metre synchronised springboard with Chris Mears.[32] Earlier in the year, Mears and Laugher also won a silver in 3-metre synchro springboard at the 2018 FINA Diving World Cup held in Wuhan.[33] He also won a bronze in individual 3m springboard at the same event.[34]

At the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow/Edinburgh, Laugher won gold in the men's 1 metre springboard.[35] He won a second gold in the men's 3-metre springboard,[36] and added a silver to this tally in the championships with a second place in the 3-metre synchro springboard with Chris Mears.[37] He won a total of 5 international titles in 2018, for which he was honoured with European male diver of the year a second time by Ligue Europeenne de Natation (LEN).[38]


Jack Laugher partnered with Dan Goodfellow in men's synchronised 3m springboard since his regular partner Chris Mears had decided to take a break from competition and then retired.[39][40] At the 2019 World Aquatics Championships held in Gwangju, South Korea, he won silver with Goodfellow in the 3m synchronised.[41] In his individual 3m springboard, after leading for much of the competition, he finished in the bronze position after an error in the final dive.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Laugher started dating Lois Toulson in early 2017.[43][44] Laugher is supportive of the LGBT community and said: "I have quite a few gay friends, just from school and people I've met through diving and my journey. Everyone should feel comfortable to be gay and be who they are."[45][46]


In 2017 Laugher won Diver of the Year at the British Swimming Awards.[47] At the 2018 British Swimming Awards, he won both the Diving Athlete of the Year and the Overall Athlete of the Year.[48] He was named European male diver of the year for 2016 by Ligue Europeenne de Natation (LEN), and again in 2018.[38]

Laugher, along with Mears, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to diving.[49]

Diving achievements[edit]

Competition 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Olympics, 3m springboard synchronised 1st
Olympics, 3m springboard 27th 2nd
World Championships, 1m springboard 33rd 19th
World Championships, 3m springboard 7th 16th 3rd 5th
World Championships, 3m synchro 3rd 4th
European Championships, 1m springboard 1st
European Championships, 3m springboard 6th 2nd 1st
European Championships, 3m synchro 1st 2nd
Commonwealth Games, 1m springboard 1st 1st
Commonwealth Games, 3m springboard 11th 2nd 1st
Commonwealth Games, 3m synchro 7th 1st 1st
FINA World Cup, 3m springboard 31st 8th 3rd 3rd
FINA World Cup, 3m synchro 5th 4th 2nd
World Junior Championships, 1m springboard 1st
World Junior Championships, 3m springboard 1st 1st
World Junior Championships, 3m synchro 10th 1st
European Junior Championships, 1m springboard 1st
European Junior Championships, 3m springboard 1st
European Junior Championships, 3m synchro 4th
European Junior Championships, 10m platform 6th
British Championships, 3m springboard 14th 6th 8th 3rd 1st 1st
British Championships, 3m synchro 2nd 2nd
British Championships, 1m springboard 3rd
British Championships, 10m platform 8th 2nd
British Gas National Cup, 1m springboard 11th 1st 1st
British Gas National Cup, 3m springboard 4th 1st 1st
British Gas National Cup, 3m synchro 3rd


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