Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:
“Massive congratulations to our City of Leeds divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears for their stunning and historic Olympic gold medal success for Team GB tonight. They put in a fantastic performance and their wonderful achievement is testament to the superb diving facilities at the John Charles Centre for Sport and the efforts of our coaching team led by Ady Hinchliffe and Edwin Jongejans. We are absolutely thrilled for them all and can’t wait to celebrate Jack and Chris’s success when they return to Leeds.”
Jack and Chris were competing together in the men’s 3-metre synchronised springboard event in Rio and their success is the first-ever gold medal won by any Great Britain divers in the history of the Olympic Games.
Jack David Laugher MBE is a British diver. A specialist on springboard, he competes in individual springboard events, and in synchronised events with Chris Mears. The duo won Britain’s first ever Olympic gold medal in diving by winning the men’s synchronised 3m springboard event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. 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.
The pair train at the Leeds City Council-managed John Charles Centre for Sport and compete for the City of Leeds club.
To honour their incredible achievement Leeds Civic Hall will be lit up in a special golden colour tomorrow night.