Edinburgh Diving Club president Tom Daly believes that Grace Reid’s selection for the Olympics can have a positive effect on the sport in the Capital.
Reid, 20, will be competing in the women’s three metre individual event in Rio in August for Team GB.
In Brazil at her first Olympics the Edinburgh University student will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Tom Daley and Tonia Couch as well as superstars from other countries.
And back home many members from the Edinburgh Diving Club – where Reid has dived since she was around seven-years-old – will be watching on television and one day hoping to hit the heights that she has reached.
Currently the club has members from young ages upwards training and competing in various competitions in Scotland and further afield on a regular basis – and Daly feels that Reid’s prominence on the world stage will act as a spur to them.
Daly said: “All at Edinburgh Diving Club would like to pass on our congratulations to Grace on making it to Rio, it is a great achievement for her and we know just how hard she has worked with coach Jen Leeming over the last few years.
“There are many volunteers and members who have been involved with the club since Grace was very young and they have all remarked how she has always taken success in her stride and never changed.
“She has been away at a lot of big events over the last couple of years, but whenever she comes back to training she is just one of the gang again and has a big smile on her face.
“Both she and James Heatly, who just missed out on the Olympics, may not know it because they are just being themselves, but they really do act as role models to our younger athletes and they love being able to train with them and glean advice from them.
“The way they both carry themselves in and out of the pool is a real credit to themselves and although the Olympics is obviously the biggest event there is I imagine that Grace will be going there with a trademark smile on her face and will be a great ambassador for Edinburgh Diving Club.”
Regularly 90-100 divers of all ages and abilities head to the Royal Commonwealth Pool to train as part of the Edinburgh Diving Club and Daly believes there is a bright future locally.
“All of the athletes involved work so hard to fit their diving around other commitments while I must take this opportunity to thank all of the coaches and the volunteers who go above and beyond each week to make sure that we get competitors to events and keep producing divers for representative squads,” he said.
“A lot of the chat at training recently has focused on Grace’s Olympic selection and we cannot wait to see how she does in Brazil.”
Meanwhile, Reid herself has described the moment when she found out that she had made Team GB.
On Sunday, June 12 she won the three metre event at the British Championships to all but secure a spot, but she had to wait a few days until the end of last week to have it confirmed.
“Until you see your name there you can never be sure and it was all a bit nerve-wracking, however I knew that I had done all I could do to force my way into the team,” she stated. “I am just so happy about it and can’t stop smiling, but the hard work will continue over the coming weeks in preparation.”