BRENTWOOD, England - As millions of people tune into the Commonwealth Games, few will be following the diving more closely than Trevor Simpson.
The Dunton-based engineer was the Tom Daley of his day, starring in the 1974 and 1978 Commonwealth Games, as well as the 1976 Olympic Games.
His proudest achievement was winning a bronze medal at the ’74 games in Christchurch, New Zealand
Forty years on, the 63-year-old is still competing – and winning – at senior diving competitions, and has no plans to stop yet.
“Diving is a way of life for me,” Simpson said. “I’m still a bag of nerves before a competition – but I still love it.”
Trevor has suffered his share of injuries – including one mishap that echoes U.S. diver Greg Louganis’s wince-inducing crash into the actual diving board.
“The only difference was Greg hit the board with the back of his head – I managed to smash into it full-on.”