Further Personal Information
||Los Angeles, CA, USA
||Civil Engineering - University of Southern California: United States
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began swimming at age five.
|Why this sport?
||He was encouraged to take it up by his aunt who was a swimming teacher.
|Club / Team
||Hatfield Swimming Club: Hatfield, ENG
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
||He does 10-11 training sessions a week, for a total of up to 32 hours.
||Charlie, Rich or Richy. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
||Watching movies, playing golf, tennis and basketball. (eastswimming.org, 13 Jun 2008)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning the 400m and 1500m events at the 2005 British Youth Championships and being chosen to train at the prestigious Southport School in Queensland, Australia. (eastswimming.org, 13 Jun 2008)
Breaking the British record over 5km in Manchester 2007. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
|Most influential person in career
||His friends, family and coach Nick Juba. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
|Hero / Idol
||David Davies and Roger Federer. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
||He suffered a knee cartilage problem in May 2008. He put the injury down to him overdoing his gym training. After a couple of weeks of treatment he was able to fully recover. He said that he did not lessen the intensity of his training while he was injured, he just compensated what he was lacking in his legs with his arms. (whtimes.co.uk, 04 Jun 2008)
After breaking his wrist in a game of basketball, he was out of competition for eight weeks. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Several illnesses set him back in 2009. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little bit extra." (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
||To win a gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012 and become an architect after swimming. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)