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Mystery surrounding the death of Team GB dive coach who worked with Tom Daley – while family awaits investigation

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The grieving family of a Team GB dive coach who worked with Tom Daley awaits documents about his mysterious death in Turkey before an inquest can begin.

Former Team GB Olympic diving coach David Jenkins, 31, was found dead on October 9 last year, but the circumstances are still unclear, it was told today.

Mr Jenkins worked with Daley, a Great Britain Olympic gold medalist, and was part of Team GB’s Olympic training squad in Tokyo 2020.

David’s grieving family awaits documents about his mysterious death in Turkey before an inquest can begin (Pictured with wife Melinda)

Highly respected coach David Jenkins (pictured), 31, who had worked with diver Tom Daley, died on October 9 last year under unclear circumstances

Highly respected coach David Jenkins (pictured), 31, who had worked with diver Tom Daley, died on October 9 last year under unclear circumstances

David was the Development Lead Coach for Dive London, overseeing the progress of the next generation of elite athletes at the London Aquatics Center (LAC) (pictured with Tom Daley in February 2019)

David was the Development Lead Coach for Dive London, overseeing the progress of the next generation of elite athletes at the London Aquatics Center (LAC) (pictured with Tom Daley in February 2019)

He played an ‘instrumental role’ in the Tom Daley Diving Academy before his death.

Coroner Andrew Walker said during the North London Coroner’s Court hearing that the Foreign Office has asked the Turkish authorities for the relevant documents, but it could take several months to arrive.

David Jenkins worked with Tom Daley (pictured)

David Jenkins worked with Tom Daley (pictured)

Members of his family, who said they live around the corner from the court in Barnet, watched the hearing via a video link and asked Mr Walker about the inquest.

Mr Walker told them that the court is waiting for the State Department to receive a police report, an autopsy report and a toxicology report from Turkey.

He said: “Members of the family, we have now heard from the coroner’s liaison officer in the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and it is their responsibility to submit the necessary paperwork before the investigation can take place.”

Walker said the court submitted the request for the paperwork to the FCDO on May 9, 2022, with the FCDO saying it could take six to nine months to arrive.

“It will be a long time before we get the material we need from other countries,” said Mr Walker.

“There’s nothing unusual about this, but it does mean there will be a delay in listing cases for a judicial inquiry.”

Mr Walker has scheduled another hearing at 2pm on December 15, saying it will either be another listing or be updated to an inquest if the necessary materials arrive ahead of time.

Walker said the court filed the paperwork request with the FCDO on May 9, 2022, with the FCDO saying it could take six to nine months to arrive (Photo: David with wife Melinda)

Walker said the court filed the paperwork request with the FCDO on May 9, 2022, with the FCDO saying it could take six to nine months to arrive (Photo: David with wife Melinda)

He said the family will be notified if the hearing becomes a full investigation.

A relative asked, “If it turns into an inquest, do you need to hear from people who were with David at the time?”

The coroner said it would be helpful for the family to provide a list of the people so that the court can approach them for their account of the events leading up to Mr Jenkin’s death.

Another member asked to be guided through the process because it would “help us prepare emotionally.”

Mr Walker explained that he will hear the evidence and likely give a conclusion on the day it is listed.

Two days after Mr Jenkin’s death, British Swimming released a statement on its website saying: ‘All our thoughts and condolences go out to David’s wife, family and friends, and we ask that you respect their privacy and that of the British diving community. in this difficult time.

“We will be working closely with staff and athletes affected by this terrible news.”

David was instrumental in the Tom Daley Diving Academy, teaching thousands of children across the country as part of the Learn To Dive campaign (Pictured: Tom Daley and Matty Lee compete in the Men's Synchronized 10m Platform Final in Tokyo 2020 )

David was instrumental in the Tom Daley Diving Academy, teaching thousands of children across the country as part of the Learn To Dive campaign (Pictured: Tom Daley and Matty Lee compete in the Men’s Synchronized 10m Platform Final in Tokyo 2020 )

British Swimming said Mr Jenkins was the development lead for Dive London and oversaw the progress of the next generation of elite athletes at the London Aquatics Center during his eight years involved with the diving program there.

He was also nominated for Diving Coach of the Year at the British Swimming Awards in 2018.

British Swimming said that Mr. Jenkins also played an ‘instrumental role’ at the Tom Daley Diving Academy, where he taught Learn To Dive classes to thousands of children across the country.

“He was extremely popular with everyone in the diving community because of his great, friendly personality,” the organization said.

“As a former gymnast and diver, David had a bright future ahead of him and will be greatly missed by everyone he worked with in British Diving and GLL.”

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