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.

Career highlights

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
Bronze 10m synchro

2005 World Grand Prix - USA
Gold 10m individual

2004 Olympic Games
Silver 10m synchro

2004 World Grand Prix - Canada
Silver 10m individual

2004 World Grand Prix - Germany
Gold 10m synchro

2003 World Grand Prix – USA
Gold 10m synchro

2003 World Grand Prix – Canada
Gold 10m individual

2003 World Grand Prix – Germany
Gold 10m individual

2002 Commonwealth Games
Silver 10m individual

2000 Olympic Games
4th 10m synchro

1999 European Cup
Gold 10m individual

1998 Commonwealth Games
Bronze 10m individual

National honours
Men's 10m individual and synchro champion 1994-2006.

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 2 directions!