DAVID JENKINS, a member of Team GB’s Olympic coaching staff, has tragically died aged just 31.
British Swimming have confirmed that he passed away over the weekend with the cause of death unknown.
He was the Development Lead Coach for Dive London, which is England’s top diving program and based out of the London Aquatics Centre.
Even though Jenkins was not their primary coach, Dive London is home to Olympic gold medallists Tom Daley and Matty Lee.
Jenkins had worked there for eight years and coached divers – Noah Williams and Scarlett Mew-Jensen – who both represented Team GB in Tokyo.
Williams, 22, finished 27th in the 10 meter platform event while Mew-Jensen, 19, was 22nd in the 3-meter springboard.
Team GB’s divers secured a joint-record medal haul at this summer’s Games.
British Swimming wrote: “David’s love for coaching and the sport saw him play an instrumental role in the Tom Daley Diving Academy, delivering Learn To Dive lessons to thousands of children across the country.
“He was extremely popular with all in the diving community due to his wonderful, friendly personality.
“A former gymnast and diver himself, David had a bright future ahead of him and will be greatly missed by everyone he worked with across British Diving and GLL.”
Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive, said: “Everyone at Swim England is deeply saddened to hear of David’s passing.
“He was a highly-respected coach who played a key role in the development of several divers who have competed at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympics.
“He will be extremely missed poolside and our thoughts and sincere condolences from everyone at Swim England go out to his family and friends.”