TOBIN Robert < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 20 Dec 1983 in Lincoln, ENG
Height1.91 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Basingstoke, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Management - Southampton University: Southampton, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began the sport at the age of 13 at school.
Why this sport? He preferred athletics because it is an objective sport.. "If you run quick you are going to selected - I like that."
Club / Team Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC: Basingstoke, ENG
Name of coach Dan Pfaff, Charles Van Commenee [national]
Coach from what year? 2011 [Pfaff]
Training Regime He does a lot of training with fellow runner Rhys Williams.
International Debut
Year 2002
Tournament European Indoor Cup
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the 4x400m relay and bronze in the 400m at the 2007 European Indoor Championships in Birmingham, and winning silver in the 4x400m at the 2009 World Championships. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008; vincosport.com, 07 Feb 2012)
Most influential person in career His family. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Hero / Idol US sprinter Michael Johnson. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Injuries He hurt his hamstring at the Aviva UK Trials in July 2011. The injury kept him out of that year's World Championships. (basingstokeobserver.co.uk, 08 Feb 2012)

He has had operations on both his Achilles tendons. (basingstokegazette.co.uk, 21 Oct 2011)

He had a calf injury at the beginning of 2007. (UK Athletics, 11 Oct 2007)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He uses the same safety pins for each race. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Never give up." (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Other sports He trained with football clubs Southampton, Portsmouth and Manchester City before deciding to concentrate on athletics. (BBC, 20 Mar 2006)
Famous relatives His sister, Helena, was third in the 800m at the 2004 British Indoors Championships. His mother, Jacqueline, was second in the 220yd at the English Schools championships in 1968. [UK Athletics, 13 Ju 2005)