Fans and colleagues send condolences and prayers after the coach who worked with Olympian divers like Tom Daley and Matty Lee passed away at the age of 31.
AceShowbiz –David Jenkins, a member of Great Britain’s Olympic coaching staff and a colleague of diving Olympian Tom Daley, has died aged just 31.
Jenkins, the Development Lead Coach for Dive London based out of the London Aquatics Centre, passed away at the weekend (9-10Oct21), British Swimming have confirmed. The cause of death is unknown, reported The Sun.
Dive London is England’s top diving program and home to Olympic gold medallists Tom Daley and Matty Lee.
Jenkins had worked there for eight years and coached divers – Noah Williams and Scarlett Mew-Jensen – who both represented Team GB in Tokyo where the U.K’s divers secured a joint-record medal haul at this summer’s Games.
British Swimming wrote in tribute, “David’s love for coaching and the sport saw him play an instrumental role in the Tom Daley Diving Academy, delivering Learn To Dive lessons to thousands of children across the country.”
“He was extremely popular with all in the diving community due to his wonderful, friendly personality.”
“A former gymnast and diver himself, David had a bright future ahead of him and will be greatly missed by everyone he worked with across British Diving and GLL.”
Matty Lee wrote on Instagram Story, “He was one of those people nobody disliked – a true gent with a beautiful personality.”
Fellow athlete Jack Laugher stated, “Words cannot describe how devastated I am. A great man, friend and coach. You will be truly missed.”
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