Jack gets a glimpse of Olypmic glory

Ripon Grammar School student and Olympic hopeful diver Jack Laugher visited  the Olympic Stadium in London. Photo: Joan Russell (S)
Ripon Grammar School student and Olympic hopeful diver Jack Laugher visited the Olympic Stadium in London. Photo: Joan Russell (S)
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Ripon’s own Olympic hopeful paid a visit to the park he hopes to compete at next summer.

British World Junior Diving Champion Jack Laugher, 17, is a student at Ripon Grammar School.

He visited the Olympic park along with other Yorkshire athletes hoping to make it into Team GB for the London 2012 games.

He said, “It’s very inspiring to know I could be a part of it this time next year!

“I’m really involved with Ripon Grammar School who have also got involved themselves through the Get Set Network. I’m hoping to inspire them further when I’m back at school.”

After visiting the park exactly one year to the day before the Olympic Torch leaves Sheffield on a journey around Yorkshire Jack set off for the Fina World Diving Championships in Shanghai.

“There are 11 of us heading over, six of which are based at John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds. It just shows that the Olympics are not just about London,” he added.

The trip to London was organised by Yorkshire Gold, part of Welcome to Yorkshire, to show off the contribution that Yorkshire is making inside the Olympic venues.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s CEO Gary Verity said, “With a year to go, we know Team Yorkshire is already making a major impact down at the Park; over 200 firms on our patch have won business contracts and there’s still £450m more still to bid for.

“London 2012 will be about more than the Olympic Park; it’s happening in Yorkshire. International and British teams are already committed to training with us, hundreds of our school children will qualify for free tickets through the Get Set Network and six hundred people from Yorkshire and Humber will run with the Olympic Torch when it travels through our patch next summer.”