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George
Bovell
Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago, TTO
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
18 July 1983
Height
196 cm
Weight
74 kg
Languages
English
Higher education
Building and Construction Engineering - Auburn University: United States

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to swim in the sea and in his grandmother's pool from a young age. He began swimming competitively at age seven.

General Interest

Hobbies
Spearfishing, free diving, underwater videography. (sportarchivestt.com, 2015)
Injuries
In 2014 he suffered a bout of pneumonia. (swimswam.com, 07 Nov 2014)

In November 2004 he tore the posterior cruciate ligament [PCL] in his knee and required surgery. (sportarchivestt.com, 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It takes courage to get beyond courage." (Twitter profile, 13 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Swimming Association [ASA] Male Athlete of the Year in 2015. (swimswam.com, 15 Jan 2016)

He was named Trinidad and Tobago Sportsman of the Year by the First Citizens Sports Foundation in 2004 and 2014. (sportarchivestt.com, 2015)

He was named Sports Personality of the Year by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee in 2013 and 2014. (sportarchivestt.com, 2015)

He was Trinidad and Tobago's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (xinhuanet.com, 08 Aug 2008)

He was named Athlete of the Year by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee in 2003 and 2004. (sportarchivestt.com, 2015)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Nicholas competed for Trinidad and Tobago in swimming at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. His mother Barbara [Bishop] competed in the 400m and 4x400m relay in athletics for Barbados at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. His father George was a swimmer who was named the 1969 Trinidad and Tobago Sportsman of the Year. (sportarchivestt.com, 2015; sports-reference.com, 2012)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRSTS
He won Trinidad and Tobago's first medal in swimming at the Olympic Games when he claimed bronze in the 200m individual medley at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He also won his nation's first medal at both the short and long course world championships when he took bronze in the 100m individual medley at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, and bronze in the 50m freestyle at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (sportarchivestt.com, 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 03 Aug 2013; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 17 Jun 2013)

PHILANTHROPY
He runs free swimming clinics for children in Trinidad and Tobago and raises money for the Ugandan malaria charity 'The World Swim Against Malaria and Drowning'. (theguardian.com, 11 Aug 2016)

CAR ACCIDENT
In August 2011 he was involved in a car accident after a training session. He suffered concussion and lacerations to his forehead and ankle when his car collided with a truck near Mayaro, Trinidad and Tobago. He returned to competition in November 2011. (guardian.co.tt, 08 Dec 2011; newsday.co.tt, 20 Aug 2011)

SHARK ATTACK
In April 2008 he was attacked by a bull shark while spearfishing in Florida, United States of America. The shark collided with his speargun and swam away, allowing him to get back to his boat safely. (50tt.guardian.co.tt, 04 Nov 2014; bbc.co.uk, 23 Jul 2008)

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