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AustraliaAustralia, AUS


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
11 April 1991
194 cm
90 kg
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Higher education
Advertising, Communications - University of Canberra: Australia

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up competitive swimming at age 15 at Somerset Swimming Academy in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
His sports teacher suggested he should start training.
Club / Team
Somerset Swim Club: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED; Ashley Callus [club], AUS

General Interest

The Rocket, Jimmy, Roberts. (, 01 Oct 2017;, 26 May 2016;, 25 Mar 2012)
Surfing, golf. (, 26 May 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 01 Oct 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ashley Callus. (, 01 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Ashley Callus. (, 01 May 2011)
In November 2017 he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis, but continued to compete in competitions including the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (, 17 Mar 2018)

In late 2014 and early 2015 he had operations on both shoulders. He was out of action for eight months. (, 02 Sep 2015)

He began to be troubled by an injury to a disc in his back following the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. It continued to cause him problems and contributed to him failing to make the squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (, 06 Apr 2014;, 04 Apr 2014)

He was hospitalised due to a stomach virus and lost four kilograms in the weeks leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 01 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't count the days, make the days count." (, 28 Nov 2013)
Other sports
He has competed at state and national level in surf lifesaving. (, 25 Mar 2012)
Famous relatives
His grandfather Ron Roberts played rugby league for St George in the New South Wales Rugby League [NSWRL] premiership. He was the league's top try scorer in 1949. He also represented New South Wales and Australia. (, 01 May 2011)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 21 Jan 2018)
Other information
He contemplated ending his swimming career after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but his motivation was rekindled by his experience at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. "I've decided I do want to swim on to Tokyo [2020 Olympic Games], the passion's still there and if I can do everything right I'm still good enough to be up there with the guys. I really want to get back to being part of that relay [4x100m freestyle]. I think we've got an amazing depth again like we had in 2012. I know that once we get it all firing on the day, I know we can do something special, so I do want to be part of that team and that's why this year [2018], I've been working a bit more towards the 100m." (, 21 Jan 2018;, 09 Jul 2017)