Tom is busy with his own diving

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Splash! contestant Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards has revealed that contestants only get two sessions with Tom Daley before the live shows.

Ski jumper Eddie, 49, says he and the other participants have to travel to Plymouth to get some brief training from Tom, 18, because that’s where he practises his own diving routines.

‘People don’t realise how hard this show is. We get a boot camp in Plymouth where we meet Tom and he shows us the boards for the first time,’ says Eddie.

‘The rest of the time, you have to make progress with a professional trainer and by yourself. It’s very tough.’

Tom was accused last week of starting a media career too early by British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes and was criticised for Tweeting during the Olympics by Lord Coe.

The teen’s mum Debbie hit back at David by saying Tom was still working hard after winning his bronze medal last summer, which is why he can’t spend every day on Splash!

‘We have always said Tom Daley is the celebrities’ mentor,’ a show spokesman tells the Daily Star.

Tom is based in Plymouth because he needs to be there for his own diving training so that’s why the stars have to travel there.’

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