Rob Bale showed his potential at junior level, winning two relay golds and 200m Freestyle silver at the 2008 World Youth Championships then 200m Free gold at the European Junior Championships in Belgrade a month later.
Rob Bale Profile
|Date of Birth||19th July 1990|
|Team/Club||University of Stirling|
The following season Bale won his first British title with victory in the 200m Free, earning him individual swims at the 2010 European Championships and for England at the Commonwealth Games.
After winning 200m Freestyle bronze at the 2012 British Champs, Bale made his Olympic debut later in the year, helping the 4x200m Freestyle Relay quartet to sixth at London 2012.
|Long Course 100m Freestyle||50.32||2010|
|Long Course 200m Freestyle||1:47.82||2010|
|Long Course 400m Freestyle||3:51.58||2010|
|Short Course 100m Freestyle||48.70||2013|
|Short Course 200m Freestyle||1:45.29||2009|
|Short Course 400m Freestyle||3:58.61||2013|
|Olympic Games||4x200m Freestyle Relay||2012||7:09.33||6th|
|World Championships||4x200m Freestyle Relay||2009||7:05.67||7th|
|Commonwealth Games||200m Freestyle||2010||1:48.73||7th|
|4x200m Freestyle Relay||7:16.57||5th|
|European Championships||200m Freestyle||2010||1:52.36||32nd|
|4x200m Freestyle Relay||7:14.50||4th|
|World Youth Championships||50m Freestyle||2008||23.94||22nd|
|4x100m Freestyle Relay||3:23.29||4th|
|4x200m Freestyle Relay||7:20.18||GOLD|
|4x100m Medley Relay||3:41.69||GOLD|
|European Junior Championships||100m Freestyle||2008||50.35||5th|
|4x100m Freestyle Relay||3:21.11||4th|
|4x200m Freestyle Relay||7:19.98||GOLD|
|British Championships||100m Freestyle||2014||50.56||11th|
IN THE POOL
Favourite event: 200m Free. I used to be a sprinter so it has those elements in addition to distance.
Finest ever performance: GB Trials in March 2010 in the 400m Free. I did a seven second PB and came third and was the top Englishman so qualified for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
First senior international meet: The World Championships in Rome 2009. I competed in the 4x200m Freestyle relay final. It was a great experience.
Role models: Look up to the greats like Michael Phelps. Aspire to be like them.
My aspirations are: Compete and win a medal in London both the relay and individual event.
Tip for the top: Stay focused and motivated. Keep your eye on the goal and you will achieve it.
OUT OF THE POOL
Life after swimming: Looking to do an architecture degree and go on from there.
If I wasn’t a swimmer I would be: Not sure, probably another sport like surfing or football.
Describe yourself in three words: Professional, Dedicated, Fun
Biggest influence on career: My family and all my coaches.
Music: Chilled out music like Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz.
Most prized possession: My surfboard. We have done a lot of family holidays in Cornwall so I got into it from there.