The redeveloped Royal Commonwealth Pool has won high praise from Britain’s best diver, with Tom Daley comparing his experience at the Edinburgh venue with the heights of the London Olympics.
Olympic bronze medallist Daley, who claimed world series gold in the 10-metre platform in Edinburgh in April, said the experience had been “a little taste of London again”.
Near sell-out crowds witnessed Daley’s first competitive appearance since the Olympic Games at the Edinburgh event.
Praise for the city pool comes as the three-day FINA/Midea Diving World Series was short-listed for the Scottish Event Awards.
The event was a warm-up for next year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games, when the Commie Pool will be used to host the diving competition.
It is the only competition from 17 chosen sports that will be run in the Capital.
The Commie boasts a state-of-the-art 25-metre diving pool with moveable floor following the £37 million refurbishment completed last year.
In endorsing Edinburgh as the host city for the diving, Daley said: “The atmosphere stepped up [in the final] with the fireworks going off and the lights and crowd cheering. It was a little taste of London again.”
Daley’s backing has contrasted with the view of British teammate Sarah Barrow.
The 24-year-old Olympian said in April that it was a “shame” that Edinburgh, rather than Glasgow, would be hosting next year’s Commonwealth Games diving competition, claiming elite divers would be missing out on being in the thick of the action.
City festivals and events champion Councillor Steve Cardownie said of this year’s diving series: “Having been fortunate enough to experience the excitement first hand, I am not in the least bit surprised this event has been short-listed for an award.
“The venue looked absolutely fantastic and, as expected, the people of Edinburgh – and beyond – turned out in their thousands to lend their support. The atmosphere was electric.
“Crucially, the event allowed us to showcase the newly-refurbished Royal Commonwealth Pool on the world stage while, of course, providing the perfect warm-up for the Commonwealth Games next year.”
The awards are being held on September 26.
The diving series will be competing against the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country run, the Melrose Sevens and the Loch Ness marathon in the best sports event category.
Edinburgh Leisure chief executive John Comiskey said of the Commie’s nomination: “It is testament to the exceptional effort that went in to planning for and managing the competition by all of the dedicated and professional staff at the Royal Commonwealth Pool and our event partners.”