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Meet Jack Laugher's parents David and Jackie after his Commonwealth gold

Joshua Rogers August 5, 2022
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Meet Jack Laugher’s parents David and Jackie after the British diver claimed his third consecutive Commonwealth gold medal.

It’s Day 8 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games and another chance for Team England to add to their already-impressive medal haul.

On Thursday, diver Jack Laugher won his third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal, his seventh medal overall, in the men’s 1m springboard.

The 27-year-old is a specialist on springboard, and has made a name for himself over the years with partners Chris Mears and Daniel Goodfellow. Laugher and Mears became Britain’s first diving Olympic champions by winning a gold medal in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

He has also won multiple World Championship medals and was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to diving.

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Laugher defends 1m springboard title

Laugher won the 1m springboard title in 2014 and 2018 and defended his title at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

He scored 447.05 to finish 10 points ahead of Australia’s two-time world champion Li Shixin.

“There was loads of pressure coming into here, trying to defend that title that I’ve had for eight years now,” Laugher said afterwards.

“It was a great performance, very steady, a few mistakes here and there but I’m really, really happy with everything and to do it in front of a home crowd makes it a little sweeter.”

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Who are Jack Laugher’s parents?

Jack Laugher’s parents are David and Jackie Laugher, who have supported their son throughout his diving career. Laugher was born 30 January 1995 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and first became interested in diving during a family visit to Harrogate Hydro Swimming Pool when a lifeguard told him he should go for diving lessons.

Laugher’s parents made headlines in 2016 after his gold medal win in Rio with partner Chris Mears. Jack’s father reportedly stayed at home in the Yorkshire village of Littlethorpe during the Games, fearing he would put his son off with his nerves.

Jackie Laugher said at the time: “David is so nervous. He paces around and can hardly watch. Before the event he said he was going to walk the dog and watch the competition later.”

Jackie and Chris Mears’ mother, Katy, even became best friends through their sons diving together.

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The family’s party after the 2018 Commonwealth Games

After winning three gold medals at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, former Team GB swimmer Mark Foster arranged a surprise party in Ripon, North Yorkshire, for Laugher’s family and friends.

Laugher’s mum Jackie told The Harrogate Advisor: “We would have loved to have been in Australia with Jack. But it has been fantastic to see the power of support among our local community and to celebrate Jack’s achievements with everyone here at home.

“This will mean so much to Jack when he sees how everyone has been huddled around the TV supporting him. We are all extremely proud of our roots here in Yorkshire and Jack is incredibly thankful for the backing he has received from everyone throughout his career.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.