Friday, 3 August 2012

If you can't say anything Nice (Part 1)

I have a Twitter account and whilst I don't Tweet much, I do Follow several celebrities, including Jake Humphries (mainly for the F1 updates), Stephen Fry, and in particular Tom Daley. I have followed Tom Daley on Twitter for a couple of years now, as he is a Devon lad and we loved his performances at previous Olympics and Championships.

I therefore saw the comment within minutes of Tom receiving it after missing out on winning a medal at the 2012 Olympics when they finished fourth in the 10m synchronised dive on Monday.

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Initally after the event I saw Tom had tweeted "#gutted so sorry everyone but we tried our best and we can't afford to miss a dive at this standard... bring on individual!"

Daley then retweeted a message which said: "You let your dad down i hope you know that."

Apparently, the internet troll went on: "hope your crying now you should be why can't you even produce for your country your just a diver anyway a over hyped p*****."

I am uterly appalled by these comments and whilst I read that this youngster later tried to apologise and said he was a supporter of Tom's who had just wanted him to do well, in my opinion this is not born out by his actions. Surely being a supporter is about giving "support". I can't begin to imagine how hurtful the suggestion regarding Rob Daley was for Tom.

Whatever happened to "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."

As far as I am concerned Tom, if you put all the training and preparation effort in you could, and on the day you have done your best, then no-one can ask any more. You'll always be a much better diver than 98% of the population and your Dad would be very proud of you, as any parent is of a child who has done their best.

Lots of Love Arwedd xx


  1. There are some sad misguided people out there whose only enjoyment seems to be derived from the misery of others...oh yes...TROLLS!!!
    Jane x

  2. Never a truer phrase has been said. Some people really do not think about how the words they say can effect others.

    All our athletes have done us proud so far.

    X x

    1. Definitely, whether they came Silver, Bronze, 4th or last. I certainly couldn't do it.

      Arwedd xx

  3. I was raised with this motto and believe it wholeheartedly xx