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Olympic hopeful Tom Daley to show off his skill with a camera


The talents of Britain’s Commonwealth and World champion Tom Daley do not end with what he can do from a 10 metre diving board. 
The precociously talented 16-year-old also harbours ambitions in photography and will show off his skill with the camera in an illustrated memoir to be published in the lead-up to the 2012 Olympics in London. 
Michael Joseph has acquired world all-language rights to the book after striking a deal with literary agent Jonathan Harris of Luxton Harris on behalf of Daley’s agent, Jamie Cunningham, of Professional Sports Group.
Daley said: "I am delighted to be working with Michael Joseph on my first book. The aim was to develop a concept involving photography at its core. Photography is part of my A Levels but also a hobby away from diving. I am really looking forward to creating a fun but interesting memoir of my sport, life, family and build up to London 2012."
Daley, who started diving at the age of seven, won two gold medals at the Commowealth Games in 2010, having achieved the honour of being the youngest competitor of any nationality to take part in a final when he represented Britain at the Bejing Olympics in 2008.
Academically talented, too, he collected a clean sweep of A and A* grades in his GCSEs, despite having to fit his studies around his diving.  He took three exams in private while participating in a world cup event in China.
Well used to being photographed, he is expected to be one of the poster-faces of the 2012 Olympics -- yet already knows something about life on the other side of the lens as the one clicking the shutter in celebrity photo-shoots.
He had an opportunity to meet supermodel Kate Moss while he was studying for his GCSE in photography and boldly asked if she would mind posing for him as part of a course project.
Ms Moss, whose fees earn her around £5 million per year, was clearly charmed and agreed to his request.
Michael Joseph will publish the as-yet untitled memoir in spring 2012, before the Olympics begin in London.


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