TANCOCK Liam < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 07 May 1985 in Exeter, ENG
Height1.83 m
Weight 85 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Caitlin McClatchey.
Residence Exeter, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Sports Science - Loughborough University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began swimming at age five.
Why this sport? He started swimming to learn water safety, but realised it was fun and that he loved the water.
Club / Team Loughborough University: England
Name of coach Bill Furniss [national]
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament World Championships
Location Montreal, QC
General Interest
Nicknames Fatboy (British Swimming, 19 Jul 2010)
Hobbies Sports, playing video games, watching movies, eating out, music, hanging out with friends and family, photography, supporting Exeter Football Club. (liamtancock.com, 15 Sep 2011; thisislondon.co.uk, 27 Feb 2012)
Hero / Idol English footballer David Beckham, British Formula 1 drivers Jensen Button and Lewis Hamilton, US surfer Kelly Slater. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Injuries He suffered a shoulder injury in July 2013 and returned to competition in April 2014. The shoulder injury was related to a hip injury and consequently took several months to diagnose. (bbc.co.uk, 07 Apr 2014; exeterexpressandecho.co.uk, 14 May 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Train hard and enjoy yourself." (British Swimming, 19 Jul 2010)
Awards and honours He was named British Universities' Sportsman of the Year for 2005. (British Swimming, 19 Jun 2006)
Famous relatives His cousin played football for Derby County, and his partner Caitlin McClatchey also swims for Great Britain. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010; heraldscotland.com, 06 Apr 2013)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bbc.co.uk, 07 Apr 2014)
He served as a spokesman for backstrokers the world over when he and fellow world champion Aaron Piersol campaigned to FINA for better developed and more consistent starting blocks for backstroke specialists. He said that backstrokers have struggled to adapt to a variety of unfamiliar equipment at big international events. (swimnews.com, 11 Jan 2010)

He is an ambassador of Wells Sports Foundation. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)