Jack David Laugher, MBE, a British diver who competes for both Great Britain and England, was born on January 30, 1995. A springboard expert, he competes in synchronized events with Chris Mears and later Daniel Goodfellow as well as individual springboard competitions.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Laugher and Mears won the gold medal in the men’s synchronized 3m springboard event, becoming Britain’s first diving Olympic champions. Many had anticipated that double world 10m champion Tom Daley would do so first. A week later, Laugher became the first British diver to win three Olympic diving medals at the same competition when he took home a silver in the men’s individual 3m springboard event.
In the men’s synchronized 3m springboard, Jack Laugher teamed up with Dan Goodfellow because his usual partner Chris Mears had opted to take a sabbatical from competition before retiring. Together with Goodfellow, they took home silver in the 3m synchronized event at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. After dominating for the majority of the competition in his individual 3m springboard event, he took third place due to a mistake on his final dive.
Laugher and Goodfellow won gold in the synchronized 3m springboard event at the 2021 FINA Diving World Cup, which was held in Japan as an official test competition for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In the men’s 1m springboard event at the 2020 European Aquatics Championships, Laugher also took home silver 11 days later.
Laugher and Dan Goodfellow finished seventh in the men’s synchronized 3m springboard event at the Tokyo Olympics. In the individual 3m springboards, he took home the bronze medal.
For the first time in a global competition, Laugher and Anthony Harding won silver in the synchro 3m springboard event at the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships. As an individual, Laugher also took home silver in the men’s 1 m springboard and bronze in the 3 m springboard competition.
Early in 2017, Laugher and Lois Toulson began dating. Laugher, who supports the LGBT community, stated: “Just from school and people I’ve met through diving and my travels, I have a sizable gay friend group. Gay people should feel free to live their lives as themselves.”
2017 saw Laugher take home the British Swimming Awards’ Diver of the Year honor.
He took home the Diving Athlete of the Year and Overall Athlete of the Year awards at the 2018 British Swimming Awards. The Ligue Europeenne de Natation (LEN) recognized him as the best male diver in Europe in 2016 and again in 2018.
In the 2017 New Year Honours, Laugher and Mears were named Members of the Order of the British Empire MBE for their contributions to diving.