JOHNS Brian < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 05 Aug 1982 in Regina, CAN
Height1.83 m
Weight 78 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Richmond, BC, CAN
Occupation Student
Languages English
Higher education Human Movement Studies - University of British Columbia: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started swimming at the age of six in Richmond.
Why this sport? He was good in the water from an early age and he was inspired about being involved in the Olympic Games after watching Canada's Mark Tewksbury win gold in the 100m backstroke at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
Club / Team UBC Dolphins: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Name of coach Tom Johnson
General Interest
Nicknames BJ. (ubyssey.bc.ca 12/02/02)
Hobbies Playing computer games, watching ice hockey, playing the guitar and sleeping. (Athlete 26/11/01, ubyssey.bc.ca 12/02/02)
Memorable sporting achievement Making the national team for the first time in 1999, winning a silver medal in the 400m individual medley at the 2002 World Short Course Championships in Moscow, Russia and setting a new world record in the short course 400m individual medley at the 2003/04 Canadian Inter-University Sports Championships in Victoria. (Athlete 30/08/99, Team Canada Media Guide 2002, swimming.ca 16/04/08)
Hero / Idol Canada's world championship and Olympic Games medal-winning individual medley swimmer Curtis Myden. "To swim together and talk to him on the same level was amazing." (ubyssey.bc.ca 26/10/01)
Injuries Had to cut back his training schedule after the 2004 Olympic Games to allow a shoulder injury to heal. (swimming.ca 16/04/08)

He has suffered from tendonitis in his right shoulder. (Athlete 30/08/99)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs When the whistle blows for competitors to get on the blocks, he claps six times then does four squats when he's on the blocks before the race starts. (ubyssey.bc.ca 12/02/02)
Awards and honours He carried the Canada flag at the Closing Ceremony of the 2007 World Student Games in Bangkok, Thailand. (swimming.ca 16/04/08)

In 2002, he received the Howard Mackie Award as the top male athlete in Canadian Intervarsity Sport. (Swimming Canada 09/05/02)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games, then become a teacher or a coach. (ubyssey.bc.ca 26/10/01, ubyssey.bc.ca 30/09/03)
Other information STUDENT CHAMPION
He won a gold medal in the 200m individual medley at the 2007 World Student Games in Bangkok, Thailand. (swimming.ca 16/04/08)

EARLY DAYS
He began serious training as a 12-year-old at the Richmond Rapids club under coach Craig McCord, before moving on to swim for the University of British Columbia. (ubyssey.bc.ca 26/10/01)