Oliver Dingley has confirmed his retirement from diving.
The 29-year-old has represented Ireland at two Olympics, describing them as the “highlight” of his 20-year career.
Dingley finished 8th overall in the men’s 3m springboard on his Olympic debut in Rio 2016.
I AM OFFICIALLY RETIRED. Thank you to everyone involved in my dive trip, the love and support went beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of and despite a chapter being closed I can’t wait to see what the next will bring! pic.twitter.com/3dcbSKH8ZM
—Oliver Dingley (@OliverDingley) January 31, 2022
Statement from Oliver Dingley:
After just over 20 years of diving, I have made the decision to retire. The past 20 years have been marked by many challenges, but above all, by many great moments and experiences that I will always cherish.
When I took my first steps on a diving board at the age of 7, I could only dream of the successes, experiences and lifelong friendships I would gain. The pinnacle for me was representing Ireland at the Olympics.
Two Olympics later, I feel privileged to have had a career in a sport that I love so much. It took me around the world seeing great places and people.
Diving has also allowed me five years and training in Dublin for the past 8 years where it has not only been a privilege to be part of the Irish diving family but also part of the community. wider Irish sport and look forward to continuing to support all of my sporting colleagues through diving and beyond.
To my teammates, coaches, governing bodies, sponsors, supporters, family and friends, so thank you everyone for all the love and support throughout my career to help me achieve my sporting dreams, it has been an adventure and representing Ireland was the highlight of my career.
I feel very lucky to have made Dublin my home and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Thank you very much to all.