Plymouth's Tom Daley looks forward to leading A-cast GB team in World Series
TOM DALEY is training hard in preparation for his return to international competition at next month's FINA World Diving Series in Edinburgh.
Plymouth's Daley heads a seven-strong Great Britain team for the Edinburgh leg of the world series tournaments, at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, on April 19-21.
The Scotland leg will be Daley's first international event since last year's Olympic Games in London, where the 18-year-old won a bronze medal from the top board.
Joining Daley in Edinburgh will be fellow Olympians and Plymouth Diving team-mates, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow.
Another London Olympian Chris Mears is in the contingent as are Nick Robinson-Baker, Hannah Starling and Alicia Blagg.
Daley's Chinese counterpart Qui Bo is also expected to compete in Scotland giving the eagerly-anticipated 10m platform competition an added frisson.
Reigning European champion Daley, and Couch and Barrow, are not involved in this month's two World Series openers in Beijing (March 15-17) and Dubai (21-23).
But the trio have not been inactive, having competed successfully at the national championships, staged at the Plymouth Life Centre.
Couch won the individual 10m title as well as the synchro with Barrow, while former world champion Daley also topped the podium at his home pool.
Daley explained why his international return had been put back until April and said he was looking forward to embarking on a busy year of competition.
"The World Series is a great way to start the season," said Daley.
"It allows us to compete against the best ahead of the World Championships and it is a good measure of how you are doing in mid season training.
"At the beginning of the year my coaches and I decided that I wouldn't compete in all six legs of the World Series.
"Along with Plymouth and Team GB coach Andy (Banks) and national performance director Alexei (Evangulov) we have chosen the most important competitions for me to focus on.
"This event is going to be used as part of the qualification for the worlds so I am looking to put in a good performance in Edinburgh.
"I'm really looking forward to the World Championships which is the first major competition for me after the Olympics.
"It will be a challenge because (Qiu) Bo has always performed well at this level but I am working hard and I will see what I can do.
"I'm really excited to be getting back into the competitive season.
"I have never competed in Edinburgh before and from what I have seen the pool looks great.
"It is exciting to think that this pool will be used for the Commonwealth Games.
"It is always good to have the support from your home crowd and that definitely inspired me in London and I hope it will inspire the whole team in Edinburgh too."