Further Personal Information
||Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He took up swimming at age four at the Blacktown Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.
|Why this sport?
||His mother encouraged him to start swimming.
|Club / Team
||St Peters Western: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
|Coach from what year?
||Kenny (olympics.com.au, 24 Mar 2012)
||Walking his dog, going to the beach. (AUS Team Guide, 2007)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (olympics.com.au, 24 Mar 2012)
|Hero / Idol
||Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (olympics.com.au, 24 Mar 2012)
||In September 2011 he broke his right elbow in two places after falling off his skateboard. (abc.net.au, 29 Sep 2011)
He suffered a grade three tear to his right calf muscle during cross-training in June 2007. (NOC, 14 May 2008)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||He considers lane one to be lucky for him. (Blacktown Advocate, 07 Feb 2006)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Live the dream." (london2012.olympics.com.au, 16 Jul 2012)
In late September 2011 he alleged he was the victim of a deliberate 'hit-and-run' attack while on his way to training in Brisbane, Australia. His injuries included a double break in his right elbow. "I believe it was done on purpose," he said, blaming it on "a bunch of young guys hooning around". Two days after the incident he broke down at a press conference and revealed he had lied to police and the public about the accident, and had simply fallen off his skateboard. "I was embarrassed. I didn't know what to do, I panicked, I freaked, basically to know that I've just fallen off a skateboard, something that a 10-year-old can ride, I was embarrassed something stupid." (abc.net.au, 29 Sep 2011; smh.com.au, 01 Oct 2011)
GOING HOME STRAIGHT AFTER OLYMPIC EVENTS
He and teammate Nick D'Arcy were reprimanded and later apologised after photos of the two smiling and holding guns in a US gun shop were posted on Facebook. The AOC have ordered the two to return to Australia immediately after their events have finished in London. (abc.net.au, theaustralian.com.au, theage.com.au 16 July 2012)
CHANGE OF COACH
After the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing he made the move from Sydney to Brisbane to train under Michael Bohl. (olympics.com.au, 24 Mar 2012)
He has a tattoo of the Olympic rings under his arm. He also has a tattoo of a turtle, a family symbol, on his ribs. (olympics.com.au, 24 Mar 2012)