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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
28 December 1994
191 cm
Loughborough, ENG
Higher education
Exercise Science - Derby College: England

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
His mother signed him up for swimming lessons.
Club / Team
Loughborough NC: England
Name of coach
Bill Furniss [national]; Melanie Marshall [personal], GBR, from 2009
Training Regime
He trains for 30 hours a week.

International Debut

Competing for
Great Britain
European Short Course Championships
Herning, DEN

General Interest

Walking, spending time with his dog, playing computer games. (, 26 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
British swimmers Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis. (, 12 Apr 2014)
He was affected by a stretched biceps tendon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (, 25 Jul 2018;, 09 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm a massive believer that all areas of your life need to be equal for you to perform at your best. Lifestyle, family and friendships. If one is out then you are not going to be at that level." (, 26 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2018 World and European Male Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine. (, 01 Dec 2018)

He was named the 2017 European Male Swimmer of the Year in the Swammy Awards, presented by online swimming magazine Swimswam. He won the same title in 2016, as well as the Male Swimmer of the Year award in 2015. (, 28 Dec 2017)

In 2017 he was named British Swimming's Swimmer of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. (, 05 Nov 2017)

He was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in 2017. (, 31 Dec 2016)

In 2017 he was named Male Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year by the European Swimming League [LEN]. (, 22 Jan 2018)

In 2016 he was presented with the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Best Olympic Swimming Performance of the Year after winning gold with a world record time in the 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 05 Dec 2016)

In 2015 he was presented with FINA's Best Swimming Performance of the Year after winning three gold medals at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (, 01 Feb 2016)

He was named the 2015 Swimming Performance Athlete of the Year by England's Amateur Swimming Association [ASA]. (, 16 Nov 2015)

He received the 2014 Outstanding Performance of the Year award from the British Sports Journalists Association. (, 12 Dec 2014)
He became the first British swimmer to win three gold medals at a single world championships, claiming gold in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 4x100m mixed medley relay at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2018;, 25 Jul 2017;, 06 Aug 2015)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 03 Aug 2017)
Other information
He has undertaken charity work for the Perfect Day Foundation, travelling to Zambia at age 17 to support the organisation's work with underprivileged children. He returned in 2017 to see how the charity had succeeded in their aims. "This is who I am, I love to give back. When I was first here, aged 17, it was a massive learning curve. It was great to get a perspective of the real world and how the real world is. That is especially important when you start winning medals and breaking world records, it can get out of your head a bit. Yes, you do like fast cars and nice clothes, but it is a fine balance. That is equilibrium at the end of the day. It is great to come back here and give back to so many people." (, 28 Aug 2017)

As a child he had a fear of water. "I was scared of water. I hated going in the shower, hated going in the bath and every time I went to the pool I used to climb up my mum's arms. I hated the pool." (, 02 Dec 2014)