PHOTOS: Tom Daley makes a splash in surprise Barnstaple visit
A SPEAKING competition in Barnstaple took an unexpected twist when a national sports hero took to the stage.
Tom Daley, British diving champion, took part in a foreign language speaking competition at Pilton Community College on Friday.
Pupils were astounded when the Olympic Bronze medalist arrived at the school, in a visit which was kept under wraps to the majority of staff and pupils.
The teenager, who was representing Plymouth College, gave a three minute speech in Spanish about his diving career.
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He said his speech touched upon his goals for the future and television series Splash: “I spoke in Spanish about my dreams to win a gold Olympic medal and how I want to qualify for Rio in 2016.
“I also spoke about how my family have supported me and Splash. I want to be a television presenter once I have finished diving.
“Languages are very important. I travel a lot. When I go to Mexico I do all my interviews in Spanish, it is very handy.”
He scooped top prize in the Key Stage 5 non-native speaking category, and shared his excitement on Twitter.
Shortly after the competition he posted a photograph of himself holding a cup and a certificate with the following message: "I won my Spanish southwest speaking competition!! Next step is the southern finals! :D"
John Davies, language director at Pilton Community College said: “Tom has done more to boost languages at the school that I could do in years of teaching.
“We are over the moon, his presence has been fantastic.”
People took to Twitter this afternoon to share news of the Olympic star's visit.
@KevWeir1 said “Not a bad day at work when you get to meet @TomDaley1994 don't know who was more excited the staff or the pupils”
@mwaahtilda “Tom Daley is literally good at everything he won a Spanish speaking competition I mean who does that”
@OmfNiam “Tom Daley is like fluent in Spanish that makes him 56 times more attractive”
More tweets from people who saw Tom Daley at the school can be seen in the slideshow below: