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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
14 January 1994
183 cm
Stirling, SCO
Higher education
Exercise Science, Sports Science - University of Stirling: Scotland

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six in Alexandria, Scotland.
Why this sport?
"I had trained at the West Dunbartonshire club since I was 13 but I always wanted to focus on school. It was my coach, Jimmy Orr, who sat me down and told me if I wanted to make it in the sport then I had to take things much more seriously. The 22nd of August 2011 was the day that my life changed. I stepped up training and that first week was great. Then I hit a wall and I was in so much pain, but when I started complaining Jimmy just asked me, 'What do you want?'. I had watched the Commonwealths in Delhi and the Olympics in London on television and I wanted to be one of the people taking part."
Club / Team
University of Stirling Swimming Club: Scotland
Name of coach
Steve Tigg [club]; Bill Furniss [national]

International Debut

Competing for
Great Britain
World Championships
Barcelona, ESP

General Interest

Playing pool and darts, listening to music, watching Formula One, listening to music. (, 11 Oct 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 200m breaststroke at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (, 06 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father. (, 14 Apr 2015)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian swimmer Daniel Gyurta, Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima. (, 15 Mar 2012)
A chest infection forced him to withdraw from the 2014 World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar. (, 02 Dec 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do or do not, there is no try." (, 24 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He received the Nancy Riach Memorial Medal from Scotland Swimming in 2014 and 2015. The honour is presented to the athlete who best enhanced or upheld the prestige of Scottish Swimming over the year. (, 20 Sep 2015, 13 Sep 2014)

In 2014 he was named Sports Personality of the Year at the Scottish Sports Awards. (, 08 Dec 2014)
Other information
He contemplated retiring after he failed to qualify for the 100m breaststroke final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "There absolutely was a time when I didn't think I was going to come back. I thought, 'I don't want to go through that again. I really don't want to build myself up for four years and then have this thing that you thought was going to be the pinnacle of your sporting career be so underwhelming'. It was a massive blow to think that the Olympics was built up and it was actually nothing." (, 30 Mar 2018;, 06 Jan 2018)

In June 2017 he was announced as an ambassador for the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. "I've got such great memories of competing in Glasgow, the fans really are something else and that really brings out the best in athletes. You always want to perform in front of passionate fans in packed venues and that is what you get when you compete in Glasgow. It is an unbelievable place to perform in." (, 16 Jun 2017)