Further Personal Information
||Sports Science - University of Bath: England
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began swimming at age four.
|Why this sport?
||He also played football as a child but chose to focus on swimming at age 13. He thought he was better at football, but found swimming more enjoyable. "It must have been winter when I decided."
||Fashion, golf, listening to music, watching sport, supporting Scottish football team Celtic. (redskymanagement.co.uk, 30 Sep 2016; 29 Nov 2014)
|Hero / Idol
||His father. (swimming.org, 01 Dec 2012)
||A back spasm three months prior to the 2014 Commonwealth Games hampered his performances in the build-up to the Games. (bbc.co.uk, 02 Oct 2015)
He had to have his heart restarted in November 2013 following an intensive training session. He returned to training two days later. (bbc.co.uk, 03 Dec 2013)
He competed with a shoulder injury at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (bbc.co.uk, 03 Dec 2013)
He ruptured ankle ligaments in March 2011. (heraldscotland.com, 04 Jul 2011)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Perseverance and self belief are the most important things." (swimming.org, 01 Dec 2012)
|Awards and honours
||He was named 2013 University of Bath Sports Personality of the Year. (teambath.com, 15 May 2013)
||His father Michael played club football in Scotland for Alloa Athletic, Stenhousemuir and Hearts, and his younger sister Lauren performed as a dancer during the closing ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (heraldscotland.com, 19 Jul 2014; teamgb.com, 27 Jul 2012; Team Scotland Media Guide, 2010)
In February 2017 he announced his retirement from competitive swimming. "My body just can't take the intensity any more." (bbc.co.uk, 26 Feb 2017)
He is a supporter of Scottish football club Celtic. The 200m breaststroke final at the 2012 Olympic Games, in which he was the fastest qualifier, was shown live on the big screen at Celtic Park before Celtic took on HJK Helsinki in a Champions League qualification match in August 2012. He received a message of support from Celtic manager Neil Lennon before the final. (guardian.co.uk, 01 Aug 2012)
He spent a year living in Paris, France, training for the sport and also learning the French language. (heraldscotland.16 Jul 2010).