Meet The Team - Rob Bale
Get to know Rob Bale. Read his tweets, view images, watch videos of him in action and being interviewed, check how his Olympic rivals compare with him and much more.
British Gas ITC Stirling
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay on 31 July
Did you know?
- Rob is a surfing fan and has a custom-made Quiver surfboard with the British flag on it.
- He put his education on hold in 2009 to focus on making London 2012 but admits he will pursue his dream of becoming an architect after the Games.
- Born in Manchester, he is a United fan and was interviewed for their matchday programme earlier this season.
Rob broke through at the 2008 World Youth Championships in Monterrey, winning 200m Freestyle silver as well as gold in both the 4x200m Freestyle and 4x100m Medley Relays. A month later, he was on top of the individual podium after winning 200m Freestyle gold at the European Junior Championships in Belgrade. He made his first World Championship team in 2009, competing in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay final as Great Britain finished seventh in Rome. The following season Rob won his only British Champs title to date with victory in the 200m Free, earning him individual swims at the 2010 European Championships and Commonwealth Games. A drop in form in 2011 was remedied by a switch to the British Gas ITC Stirling and he secured his debut Olympic spot with 200m Freestyle bronze at the 2012 British Champs.