Tom Daley discusses fatherhood on Lauren Laverne’s first Desert Island Discs | Television & radio

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Tom Daley, the first Desert Island Discs castaway to be interviewed by Lauren Laverne, reveals fatherhood has given him a new emotional distance from the competitive world of sport.

The diver and his husband, the film-maker Dustin Lance Black, announced the birth of Robert Ray in June.

“There are bigger things than Olympic medals,” Daley tells Laverne. “My Olympic medal is Robbie.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, the British champion, 24, describes fatherhood as offering an “amazing, magical experience every day”.

Choosing tracks including Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds and Ellie Goulding’s How Long will I Love You? for his stay on the island, Daley added that he believes he now trains with more focus at the diving pool.

“I feel incredibly lucky to wake up and see our little Robbie Ray in his little bed. He is just the cutest little thing. So I want to make sure that every little second I am away from him in training, I am doing the best that I can do, to make sure it is damn worth it,” he says.

And Daley pushes his luck with Laverne when it came to the luxury item the programme’s venerable format allows him to request. As a keen cook who, he said, hosts a Monday night dinner club for between 12 and 16 guests at his home every week, Daley asks for an entire fitted kitchen.

But Laverne puts her foot down. “I am new to this. It is my first day,” she says. “I have really got to stick to the rules and I think a full kitchen is a stretch. I can do you an oven.”

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