Williams ready to take the plunge

17 Jul 2018

If you ask Noah Williams how his 2018 started he is brutally honest - "bad." But since then he has medaled at the Commonwealth Games and competed in a World Cup. All before his 18th birthday.

Hackney-based Noah is preparing for the World Junior Diving Championships in Ukraine at the end of the month and senior Europeans at Glasgow 2018 next month, where he will compete in the synchro platform event with Matthew Dixon.

But the start of the year he said he could feel the opportunities slipping away from his after coming second in the synchronised event and third in the individual at the British Diving Championships.

He said: "I really messed it up and thought there was no way I was getting into the Commonwealth Games squad.

"It was only when Kyle Kothari messaged me to say well done that I knew I was in the team."

On the Gold Coast, Williams who was just weeks away from his 18th birthday, challenged Dive London training mate Tom Daley and synchro partner Dan Goodfellow to a closely fought English one-two alongside Dixon. 

After the Commonwealths he found out that he would be going to China to compete in the World Cup, but with this being so close to his A-Level exams had to make a tough choice.

Dixon and Williams

"School said if I had more time off I risked failing my exams, but I'm not planning on going to university so I knew I wanted to go to the World Cup," he recalls.

"The World Cup was such a great experience for me - it was the first time I'd done synchro preliminaries followed by a final so a really good learning opportunity.

"And now I'm getting ready for World Juniors. It is nice because this was my first international experience, so really nice to finish my junior career back there."

However, despite jetting around the World at such a young age, he says his friends keep him grounded. Although he doesn't necessarily indulge in the same lifestyle as other 18-year-olds.

He adds: "In my group of friends there are about five or six of us  and I'm one of the youngest so I don't feel like I am missing on going out or anything.

"They don't really talk to me about diving though, after Australia they just said 'well you didn't get a gold did you?' Then moved onto other things."

Noah will be competing in the 10m men's synchro event with Matthew Dixon at Glasgow 2018, tickets are still available here.