Tom Daley to present television travel series

Tom Daley: Will present new travel series with Sophie Lee. Picture: PA

Tom Daley: Will present new travel series with Sophie Lee. Picture: PA

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OLYMPIC diving star Tom Daley is swapping backflips for backpacks as he heads around the world presenting a new television travel series.

The bronze medallist will be adventuring with his best friend Sophie Lee for the series in which he takes a whistle-stop tour of various tourist destinations.

As part of the ITV2 series he will visit countries such as Thailand, Japan, Australia, Morocco and New Zealand during six weeks of travelling.

The 19-year-old will live in hostels and take overnight train journeys as he takes a typical student backpacking trip. He will also take on challenges such as bungee jumping.

Daley said: “I can’t wait to get away on my trip. Diving and training are my first love, but I am looking forward to a break from the norm and discovering more about places I’ve never had the chance to explore before. And to do it all with my best friend will be amazing.”

ITV director of digital channels Angela Jain said: “Tom’s career as a diver has captivated the nation. We hope this show will give people the chance to see the teenager behind the trunks as he enjoys his global backpacking adventure.”

Earlier this year Daley presented Splash!, a celebrity diving contest.

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