CHARLESWORTH Richard < Back  
Sport Open Water Swimming
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 26 Oct 1988 in Hemel Hempstead, ENG
Height1.94 m
Weight 87 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Los Angeles, CA, USA
Occupation Student
Higher education 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 Dave Salo
Coach from which country? England
Training Regime He does 10-11 training sessions a week, for a total of up to 32 hours.
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for England
Location Trieste
General Interest
Nicknames Charlie, Rich or Richy. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Hobbies 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)
Injuries 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)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012 and become an architect after swimming. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)