TOM DALEY’S former diving coach Chen Wen has passed away at the age of 80.
Tributes have poured in for the much-loved Team GB member, who was instrumental in turning Daley into an Olympic champion.
Chen was known as one of diving’s most pioneering coaches and led the British squad at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where Daley made his bow.
British Diving’s Julian Bellan paid tribute to Chen’s impact on British diving history.
He said: “Chen’s legacy and influence on the modern era of British Diving is indisputable, throughout his tenure as National Coach he tirelessly gave up his time to work with young coaches and divers.
“His impact on the shape of the future senior teams over the past two decades is evident, with Tom Daley, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow among a number of high profile names to come under his stewardship during junior team training camps to Beijing in the years preceding the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, whilst more recently Chen coached Scarlett Mew-Jensen and Maria Papworth at the beginning of their careers.
“He will be sorely missed.”
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Daley burst onto the world stage at the Beijing Games under Chen’s wing at the tender age of just 13.
After picking up bronze medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016, the star finally claimed gold in the 10m synchro in Tokyo last year.
British Swimming chief exec Jack Buckner also paid tribute to Chen, who he hailed as a father figure to athletes across the sport.
He said: “It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of esteemed coach Chen Wen.
“He was held in high regard by the diving community and his legacy lives on through the countless coaches and athletes he nurtured in the sport.”
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