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Roberto Pavoni recalls learning to swim

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Everyone has to start somewhere, even top athletes. So asked top GB swimmers for their memories of taking to the water. Here Roberto Pavoni shares his earliest memories and more.

Roberto Pavoni

My first memory

"I started learning to swim when I was six. I joined my first club when I was eight. After my first lesson I got moved up two groups and got told to join a club. So really enjoyed it. The success kept me wanting more."

Did you get badges and certificates as a child? And how did getting them make you feel?

"I did a few, I think they were animal ones. But I remember getting the certificates made me want to move onto the next level. I am still like this now even though I am past the certificates. Aiming for something keeps me striving for more."

Learning to swim led to Roberto becoming the European Junior Champion for 400 IM in 2008 and 2009. Click here to learn more about his career so far.

A few things you may not know about Roberto

  • Who would play you in a film of your life and why? "Jason Statham in an action movie thriller. He always plays roles in most of my favourite films."
  • What don’t we know about you? I have just came back from two and half years at the Offshore Centre in Australia. I miss the weather over there, but I have started at Loughborough now so it is good to be with a great group of swimmers."
  • What is the highest number of press ups you have done in a single session? 44 without stopping.
  • How long can you hold your breath under water? No idea in seconds, but I can hold mt breath for 60metres underwater.


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