During a diving career spanning more than 20 years, Leon enjoyed sustained success at the highest level. He participated at 3 Olympic Games and was a member of the Great Britain team for 16 years. The highlight of his career was Silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
He is acknowledged within the sport for pushing the boundaries of what's possible. His invention of "the world's most difficult dive" - backward 2.5 summersaults with 2.5 twists in the piked position (also known as the rather understated 5255b) is a legacy that will live long after his competitive days are over.
Leon competed in both the synchronised and individual events from the 10m platform and achieved notable successes over an unusually long period for such a demanding sport.
2005 World Championships
2005 World Grand Prix - USA
2004 Olympic Games
2004 World Grand Prix - Canada
2004 World Grand Prix - Germany
2003 World Grand Prix – USA
2003 World Grand Prix – Canada
2003 World Grand Prix – Germany
2002 Commonwealth Games
2000 Olympic Games
1999 European Cup
1998 Commonwealth Games
For a full list of Leon's career honours please visit his diving honours page.
A dive in the Olympic final lasts no more than 1.5 seconds and can require 2.5 twists...in 2 directions!