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Daley ready for action

Tom Daley has confirmed he will compete in this weekend's British Gas Diving Championships despite suffering from a heavy cold.

The 18-year-old is due to make his first competitive appearance in England since his Olympic bronze medal at his home pool in Plymouth on Sunday.

The three-day meet will be the first time the newly-refurbished Everyone Active Plymouth Life Centre will host a national championships.

And after tickets sold out in just 10 minutes for Daley's appearance in the 10 metres platform on Sunday, the teen confirmed he would remain the star attraction.

"I wouldn't miss the British Championships at our place for the world - it's

going to be an amazing experience,'' he told the Herald Sport.

"I'm going into the championships feeling under the weather, but there's no way I'm not going to compete.

"I've had a sore throat and a cough as a lot of people have had, but I'll be

poolside over all three days and, of course, am looking forward to competing on Sunday.

"It's the biggest diving event Plymouth has ever held and something the club has been desperate to put on for a long, long time.

''Now, we've got a fantastic facility and it's going to be a thrill for me and

my team-mates that Plymouth will be the focus of attention nationwide over the next three days.

"It's going to be an exciting meeting and I expect I'll be nervous, too, as it

is at home.''

Daley is expected to reclaim his national title with absent veteran Pete

Waterfield's future in the sport uncertain following a decision to cut his

funding last month.

That has potentially left Daley without a synchro partner with the World

Championships just six months away.

Daley won platform synchro gold at the the 2010 Commonwealth Games alongside Max Brick, who will compete this weekend, as a host of upcoming divers will stake their claim to be the second-ranked platform diver behind the former world champion.

"I'm just doing the individual platform and, hopefully, I can compete well as I know there are a number of very good young British divers attending,'' Daley said.

"There's my former synchro partner Max Brick and also Leeds' James Denny, who are all really good athletes.

"The Plymouth public will be able to see another up-and-coming diver, Daniel Goodfellow who (British Diving performance director) Alexei Evangulov is hoping will be a future synchro partner for me.

"None of those guys are going to want to make it easy for me.

"I'll need to be on my mettle. I'll be up for the challenge as I try to be for

every tournament I enter.''