Tom Daley's former Team GB diving coach Chen Wen dies aged 80

Tom Daley’s former Team GB diving coach Chen Wen dies aged 80 as tributes pour in for the man who helped make Great Britain a medal-winning force

  • Tom Daley’s former diving coach Chen Wen has passed away at the age of 80
  • Chen played an instrumental role in Daley’s career as an Olympic diver
  • Daley was 13 when he qualified for the 2008 Olympics and was coached by Chen

Tom Daley’s former diving coach Chen Wen has passed away at the age of 80.

Chen played an instrumental role in Daley’s career as an Olympian and was responsible for coaching him during his first Olympic Games in Bejing back in 2008. 

Daley, who claimed his first Olympic gold medal at last summer’s Tokyo Games, made his bow in Bejing at the age of 14 under Chen’s guidance.

British Diving’s Julian Bellan paid tribute to Chen and described the incredible impact he had on the sport.

‘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,’ he said.

Tom Daley’s former diving coach Chen Wen (pictured in 2008) has died at the age of 80

Chen played an instrumental role in Daley’s career and was his coach at the Bejing Olympics

‘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.’

Chen is regarded as one of diving’s most pioneering coaches and helped turn Team GB into a medal-winning force as a national coach on the British Diving programme back in 2003.

Chen is regarded as a one of diving’s most pioneering coaches and helped Daley when he made his Olympic bow at just the age of 14

In the 2004 Athens Games, Chen helped Leon Taylor and Peter Waterfield win silver before retiring from his position after the Bejing Olympics. 

Chen then took up a coaching position at Crystal Palace Diving Club in the years following before his death earlier this week. 

While Chen would step down after the Bejing Games, Daley would go on to become one of the world’s best divers.

The 27-year-old would go on to claim bronze at London 2012 and Rio 2016 before finally clinching gold in stunning fashion alongside Matty Lee in the 10m synchro at last summer’s Games. 

Daley went on to claim his first Olympic gold medal at last summer’s Tokyo Games

British Swimming chief executive Jack Buckner also paid tribute to Chen.

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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