Dingley grew up in Harrogate in England and is proud of his Irish heritage with a Grandmother from Cork, who was born on Spike Island. He trains at the National Aquatic Centre under the expert guidance of his Swim Ireland coach Damian Bell.
Ollie Dingley was the first Irish diver to compete in the Olympics for 68 years when he took to the diving board in Rio in 2016. He also holds the honour of being the first Irishman to reach an Olympic diving final, setting a new Irish record to finish 8th overall.
Ollie made a strong start to 2018 taking gold for his Shamrock Diving Club at the British Diving Championships and earning a score of 447.10 – a new Irish record, improving on the mark he set at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. This standout performance meant the DIT student qualified for the FINA Diving World Cup. Building on this, Ollie collected three gold medals just weeks later at the Senet Diving Cup in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. In June he will compete in the FINA Diving World Cup in China followed in August by the European Championships in Glasgow.
Focused on improving on his 8th place in the final at the Rio Olympic Games, Ollie is now working on the technicality of his dives as he turns his focus to Tokyo 2020.
His dream is to inspire a new generation of Irish divers and to encourage kids to take part in sport as it provided him with much needed confidence having struggled academically due to his dyslexia and was a shy child. He used diving as his solace that allowed him to escape into a world where he could express himself openly No matter how much he struggled during the day at school, in the evening he would go to diving and do something he loved which gave him great motivation to succeed.
Currently he is a scholarship athlete at Dublin Institute of Technology, where he is studying course in Film and Broadcasting.