Meet The Team - Robert Welbourn

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Rob Welbourn


Rob Welbourn





Training base

British Gas ITC Swansea


Bud McAllister

Paralympic History

2008: Gold in 34pt 4x100m Free Relay, silver in S10 400m Free
2004: Gold in 34pt 4x100m Free Relay, silver in S10 400m Free

In Action

SM10 200m Individual Medley on 30th August
S10 100m Butterfly on 1st September
S10 400m Freestyle on 5th September
S10 100m Freestyle on 6th September

Did you know?

  • Rob competes in the S10 classification of physical impairment, having been born with three fingers on his left hand and a shorter left arm than right.
  • He came to prominence as a junior swimmer at Deepings Swimming Club before joining Lincoln Vulcans.
  • He now trains with the world class able-bodied group at the British Gas Intensive Training Centre in Swansea, working with renowned distance freestyle coach Bud McAllister as he looks to upgrade his Paralympic silver medals to a gold at London 2012.

Rob's Career

Rob made his senior international debut as a 17-year old at the Danish Open in March 2004, graduating to his full Paralympic debut half a year later in Athens where he won 34pt 4x100m Freestyle Relay gold and S10 400m Freestyle silver. While Rob has competed over a number of events since his breakthrough season, it is the 400m Freestyle which has brought him the most success as he won European gold in 2009 and 2011, World Championship silver in 2006 and bronze in 2010, and World Short Course Championship silver in 2009. Rob also took the chance to compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi where he won silver in the S10 100m Freestyle.

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