Who was Chen Wen? Wiki, Bio, Age, Career, Diving Coach

Chen Wen Wiki/Bio

Chen Wen, a two-time British Olympic diving coach, has died, and British Swimming is grieved.

A British diving teacher who was instrumental in developing Tom Daley into an Olympic gold medalist has received tributes.

Chen Wen, the former National Coach of British Swimming, according to British Swimming.


He was 80 years old.


Chen, one of the contemporary era’s pioneering trainers, joined the British Diving program as a National Coach in 2003, most notably working with Leon Taylor ahead of his Olympic silver medal in the 10m Synchronised Platform competition with Peter Waterfield in Athens 2004.

Chen was also the coach during Daley’s debut at the Beijing 2008 Olympics when fellow Plymouth diver Tonia Couch was also a member of the team.

Chen is credited with introducing the water harness to the UK and subsequently instructing several coaches in the use of harness training in the gym and pool, in addition to his participation with the British teams throughout two Olympic Games.

Julian Bellan, the British Diving Talent and Development Manager, paid tribute to Chen’s contribution to British diving.

“Chen’s legacy and influence on the modern era of British Diving are indisputable, throughout his tenure as National Coach he tirelessly gave up his time to work with young coaches and divers.”

“His impact on the shape of the future senior teams over the past two decades is evident, with Tom Daley, Tonia Couch, and Sarah Barrow among a number of high profile names to come under his stewardship during junior team training camps to Beijing in the years preceding the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, whilst more recently Chen coached Scarlett Mew-Jensen and Maria Papworth at the beginning of their careers. He will be sorely missed.”

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