Meet The Team - Michael Rock

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Butterfly swimmer Michael Rock






5ft 11in

Training base

British Gas ITC Stockport


Sean Kelly

Olympic History

2008: 12th in 200m Fly, 27th in 100m Fly.

In Action

100m Butterfly on 2 & 3 August

Did you know?

  • Michael Rock spent two years studying and training at the Southport School in Queensland, Australia after being granted a British Swimming scholarship in 2003.
  • Since returning to the UK, Michael began studying for a law degree at Manchester University, finishing his final exams a matter of months before scooping 200m Butterfly silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
  • Born and bred in the city, Michael is a fervent Liverpool FC fan which can lead to passionate debates with British Gas ITC Stockport training partner and Manchester City fan James Goddard.

Michael's Career

Michael has been Great Britain's most consistent butterfly swimmer of the past four years, winning the 100m and 200m Butterfly titles at the British Champs every year from 2008 until this year where he took gold (100m Fly) and bronze (200m Fly). After fourth place finished at the 2004 European Junior Champs (100m Fly) and 2007 World University Games (200m Fly), he made his senior major long course debut at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, competing in both the 100m and 200m Butterfly. He set the current British records over both butterfly distances at the 2009 World Championships before winning his first major honours with 200m Butterfly silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He competed over both distances again at last year's 2011 World Championships in Shanghai before booking a place at his second Olympic Games over 100m Fly at the 2012 British Champs.

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