ORIWOL Tobias < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 13 May 1985 in Westmount, CAN
Height1.95 m
Weight 84 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Montreal, QC, CAN
Languages English, French, German
Higher education Urban Planning - Stanford University: Palo Alto, CA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up swimming at the age of six in Canada.
Why this sport? He had a swimming pool in his back garden when he was growing up, so his father encouraged him to swim for safety reasons. When he noted his son's skills in the water, he took him to the local swimming pool where he joined the swimming team. Early success and friendships enabled him to focus on swimming.
Club / Team Toronto Swim Club: Toronto, ON, CAN
Name of coach John Rodgers
Coach from which country? Australia
Coach from what year? 2010
General Interest
Nicknames Tobi. (gostanford.com, 21 Oct 2002)
Hobbies Eating sushi. (swimming.ca, 01 Apr 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing in the semi finals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (cleanairchampions.com, 01 Jan 2011)
Most influential person in career His parents. (swimming.ca, 01 Apr 2012)
Hero / Idol Allen Iverson. (gostanford.com, 21 Oct 2002)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Don't get distracted by stuff that shouldn't distract you." (gostanford.com, 21 Oct 2002)
Ambitions To win a medal at the Olympic Games. (swimming.ca, 01 Apr 2012)
Other information HIATUS
After competing at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he decided to take a year off training and focus on his studies. He returned to full-time swimming in 2010 training under John Rodgers at the University of Toronto High Performance Centre. (swimming.ca, 01 Apr 2012)