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Dan
Wallace
Great BritainGreat Britain, GBR
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
14 April 1993
Height
188 cm
Weight
80 kg
Residence
Edinburgh, SCO
Languages
English
Higher education
Anthropology - University of Florida: Gainesville, FL, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age eight at Duns Amateur Swimming Club in Scotland.

International Debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Barcelona, ESP

General Interest

Hobbies
Watching American football, spending time with friends. (scottishswimming.com, 28 Mar 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 400m individual medley at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (telegraph.co.uk, 25 Jul 2014)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (telegraph.co.uk, 25 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swim hard, play harder." (Instagram profile, 07 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2014 and 2015 he was named in the All-Southeastern Conference [SEC] first team in the United States of America. (gatorzone.com, 2015)

He was named in the All-SEC second team in 2012 and 2013. (gatorzone.com, 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (bbc.co.uk, 25 Sep 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from swimming in April 2018 after competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. "I'd done everything I wanted to do within the sport so it was just about enjoying the last moments, the last Games, and the last chance to represent Scotland. I'm still young, I'm only 25, but I think there's a lot more I can do. I'll still try and stay involved in the sport one way or another, but I'd also like to explore some other avenues and see where my talents can take me. I'm sure I'll miss it, I'll miss it a lot. You can't really replicate that feeling I had in that final [in Gold Coast] and to be a part of a team like this. Performance-wise I achieved way more than I ever wanted to do. I went from a boy to being a man, and hopefully did a lot of people proud." (bbc.co.uk, 11 Apr 2018)

SUSPENSION
In June 2017 he was banned from driving for a year after being found over twice the legal drink-drive limit. He was also suspended from swimming for three months by British Swimming and Scottish Swimming. "I recognise that I am in a position of influence and this type of behaviour is not acceptable in any way, shape or form. I am now looking to rebuild trust in everyone who has supported me and put their faith in me, and will do whatever it takes to come through this a better, stronger person." (bbc.co.uk, 22 Jun 2017)

GLASGOW GOLD
He won a gold medal in the 400m individual medley at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, but had come close to being removed from the squad prior to the event. In May 2014 he was arrested in the United States of America for urinating on a police car, and suspended from the University of Florida swim team. "I was very close to not making the team. I got to the point in my life where I had to re-evaluate which path I wanted to take. I chose the right one, and it ended with a gold medal for me and Scotland. [Being arrested] was a wake up call. I was living the life of a rock star but still trying to perform in the pool. You can't do both." (berwick-advertiser.co.uk, 27 Jul 2014; dailymail.co.uk, 10 May 2014)