Matty Lee's outstanding progress in 2015 has seen him rewarded with a spot on the 2016 British Diving Podium squad list and travelling to a recent training camp in Australia.
The 17-year old, who trains at the City of Leeds with World Championship medallists Jack Laugher and Chris Mears, kicked off his season with 10m Platform bronze and 10m Synchro gold at the British Championships before teaming up with Georgia Ward to win mixed 10m Synchro silver at the FINA Diving World Series leg in London.
Lee romped to gold in the 10m at the inaugural European Games in Baku then impressed on his World Championship debut in Kazan, finishing 18th in the 10m Platform and ninth with James Denny in the 10m Synchro.
The young diver's performances also earned him a nomination for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year where he was shortlisted for the final 10.
What has been your favourite memories from 2015?
It’s been such an amazing year for me so I have loads of favourite memories! My time in Baku at the European Games was one of the highlights. Not just winning gold, but the whole 'village life' was something I’ll never forget.
All the comps I’ve been lucky to go to as well; winning silver in the mixed 10m Synchro with Georgia in front of a home crowd in London was unforgettable, my first World Championships, the two warm weather camps I’ve been to in Florida and Australia with the senior GB Team.
Outside of diving, my family holiday in Lanzarote, and learning to drive, passing my test first time and getting my first car, so now mum and dad don’t have to ferry me to and from training virtually every day!
Tell us about your plans for the festive period
I don’t know as yet but I’m hoping for a quiet Christmas with all the travelling I’ve done recently, so I think we are staying in Leeds. We take it in turns as to who has the whole family round for Christmas Day dinner and festivities
There are at least 17 of us (aunts, uncles, cousins etc) so Christmas Day is not quiet - it’s a big family affair!
Of course I will be training over the festive season - I think I've got Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day off... and that's about it!
Also I'm hoping to catch up with all my mates and do a bit of chilling. Of course I will be training over the festive season, I think I've got Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day off and that's about it!
What are you hoping to find under your Christmas tree?
To be honest, I’m going to be happy with the little things this year like pjs, Ugg slippers, boxers and socks. I’m not really after anything big, for once!
What’s your favourite part of Christmas dinner?
I think I love all the different meats you get at Christmas on the same plate - the turkey, the ham, hopefully beef and maybe some other different meats, and of course pigs in blankets! Should I mention Brussels sprouts?
Are you making any New Year’s resolutions?
To be honest I have no idea, I’ll have to think about that one – possibly improve my diet in 2016!
What are you looking forward to most in the year ahead?
Well, it could be an exciting year! Obviously there is the Olympics. I would love to qualify a place and go but we’ll just have to see.
But first there is the World Cup in Rio which will be exciting and the last chance to qualify for a GB spot in Rio.
Next year will be my last year as a junior which will be sad. So hopefully there will be the Junior World Diving Championships and Junior Europeans to compete in for the last time as well.