Olympic diver returns to Melbourn Village College

Melbourn Village College PE teacher Kelly Coghlan with Olympic diver Dan Goodfellow

Melbourn Village College PE teacher Kelly Coghlan with Olympic diver Dan Goodfellow - Credit: Archant

Olympic diver Dan Goodfellow went back to school when he visited Melbourn Village College.

The 19-year-old, who is set to represent Great Britain in the 10m synchro competition at the Rio Games this summer with new partner Tom Daley, was visiting friends in the Cambridgeshire area where he grew up and popped in to catch up with PE teacher Kelly Coghlan.

She was his form tutor and mentor when he attended the college from 2008-2013 and played a key role in helping him balance his school and diving commitments.

Goodfellow said: “My form tutor and mentor Mrs Coghlan helped me a lot with combining my training and school work by communicating with my teachers, coach and mum.

“She made it possible for me to train and compete during school time as well as doing enough work to gain good GCSE grades.”

Goodfellow, who moved to Plymouth as his exams were starting, teamed up with Daley on the highest board earlier this year following his successful comeback from a shoulder operation which sidelined him for most of the 2015 season.

The pair earned their Olympic place by taking World Cup bronze in the host city in February. They went on to cement their partnership by finishing second overall in the World Series after medalling in all four rounds – the first Britons to do so.

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He returned last week from the final leg in Russia, where he and Daley finished third, to train for the European Championships taking place in London next week.

He will then turn his attention to Rio and his first Olympics, which start on August 5.

Mrs Coghlan said: “We are all incredibly proud of Dan; he has worked so hard to be where he is today and we wish him all the luck in his diving career, especially at Rio in August.”