RENWICK Robbie < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Scotland   
Gender Men
Born 21 Jul 1988 in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Height1.84 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Jodie
Residence Glasgow, SCO
Languages English
Higher education Sports Science - Starthclyde University: Scotland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began swimming at a local club in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Why this sport? His older sister already trained at the club and his parents thought it would be good for him as well.
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament European Junior Championships
Location Hungary
General Interest
Nicknames Rabs (scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com, 06 Apr 2008)
Hobbies Kitesurfing. (Twitter profile, 18 Nov 2016)
Most influential person in career His former coach Eileen Adams, who died of cancer in 2010. (swimming.org, 16 Jul 2013; telegraph.co.uk, 2010)
Hero / Idol British track cyclist Chris Hoy. (scottishswimming.com, 16 Jul 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He listens to music before competition. (telegraph.co.uk, 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The more you bleed in practice the less you bleed in battle." (scottishswimming.com, 16 Jul 2013)
Awards and honours He was named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year in 2015. (swimswam.com, 08 Oct 2015)
Famous relatives His uncle Lindsay Renwick played rugby union for Scotland. (Team Scotland Media Guide, 2010)
Other information RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive swimming in December 2016. "I'm incredibly proud and privileged to have raced for my country and for the career I have been afforded through sport. Swimming will always be close to my heart and this is merely just a new chapter starting." (bbc.co.uk, 06 Dec 2016)

CLOSE TO QUITTING
He was close to quitting competitive swimming in 2014 until he switched his training base from the City of Glasgow swim team to the University of Stirling. "It is really performance driven here, and it is geared up towards the athlete, whereas the year before I was kind of always working against that. The set-up is fantastic, the coaches and the sports scientist and support is the best in the world. It is going away from the mentality of having to swim as hard as you can all the time. It is actually about being smart when you train, and really focusing on each competition and your long-term goal rather than a short-term goal." (swimswam.com, 03 Sep 2015)

EARLY DEFEATS
Being beaten by his friends in the pool when he was a small child spurred him on to improve in the sport. "I started competing with my pals and other kids in the neighbourhood, although in those days I would lose more often than not. I used to get beaten by everybody that I was swimming with but I loved doing it so much, that I was never put off by that. In fact, it helped spur me on and I discovered a knack for self-motivation which I still have to this day and which is absolutely vital for me." (metro.co.uk, 01 Jul 2014)

KITESURFER
He is the co-owner of the TRYkitesurfing school in Troon, Scotland. (Twitter profile, 18 Nov 2016)