WILLIS Andrew < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 03 Dec 1990 in Frimley, ENG
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Bath, ENG
Languages English
Higher education Chemical Engineering - University of Bath: England
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? His family was involved in the sport.
International Debut
Year 2010
Competing for England
Tournament Commonwealth Games
Location Delhi, IND
General Interest
Hero / Idol US swimmer Michael Phelps. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Famous relatives His father Nigel has served as head coach of Bracknell and Wokingham Swimming Club in England. His sister Kathryn has competed in swimming at national level. (telegraph.co.uk, 02 Aug 2012)
Other information RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive swimming in July 2018, stating that his appearances at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016 had been the highlight of his career. "For me the moment that will stay with me forever will be when I came out at London. The atmosphere and noise was just exhilarating. Rio was probably my highlight in terms of being the best prepared and giving my best performance, but London was definitely special." (britishswimming.org, 19 Jul 2018)

UNLUCKY NUMBER FOUR
He has finished in fourth place in the 200m breaststroke at five separate major tournaments - the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation, the 2014 European Championships in Berlin, Germany, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He also placed fourth in the 200m breaststroke at the 2014 European Short Course Championships in Herning, Denmark. "I feel like when I do finish swimming four will be my lucky number." (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Aug 2017; inews.co.uk, 11 Aug 2016; theguardian.com, 11 Aug 2016)