DAVENPORT Ross < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 23 May 1984 in Derby, ENG
Height1.89 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Loughborough, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Higher education Sports Science - University of Bath: Bath, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started swimming at age eight.
Why this sport? He started swimming because his older brother, Ashley, could swim.
Club / Team Loughborough ITC: Loughborough, ENG
Name of coach Ben Titley, Ian Turner
Coach from which country? Great Britain
Training Regime He spends up to five hours a day training in the pool at Loughborough University.
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2003
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament World Championships
Location Barcelona
General Interest
Nicknames Roscoe, Basco, Davo or The Dolphin. (Athlete 31 Jul 2008; BBC 21 Mar 2006; British Swimming Media Guide 2004)
Hobbies Supporting English football club Derby County and hanging out with his golden retriever, Alf. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Swimming the anchor leg in the 4x200m freestyle relay for England at the Commonwealth Games in 2006. "It was a great feeling overtaking both the Aussies and the Scots to win the gold for England." (British Swimming, 19 Jul 2010)
Most influential person in career His parents, because without them he would not have started swimming and because of the emotional and financial support they have given him. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Hero / Idol Roger Federer. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs When warming up for training, he never swims breaststroke. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto Believe in yourself and work hard. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Awards and honours He was named the 2006 BBC East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year. (BBC Derby, 19 Jul 2010)
Famous relatives His brother, Ashley, also swims competitively. (BBC Derby, 19 Jul 2010)