Focus On… Robbie Renwick

Glasgow Sport's Newsletter Team caught up with Commonwealth Champion and Scotland's 2014 Commonwealth Games hopeful Robbie Renwick after one of his many training sessions at the Glasgow Club Gorbals.

1. London 2012 was a fantastic viewing experience for everyone and a real sporting success for Britain, how did it feel to be a part of the games?

Absolutely fantastic. To be part of a home Olympics was very very special to me! Everyone was fantastic and the whole country got behind us, it was amazing with all the home support. It was a huge honour to be there and as a Scottish athlete I feel lucky with the Commonwealth games coming up in 2014. The Olympics was just a warm up!!

1b.We were at the homecoming parade on Friday at George Square, how did it feel to see the impact the Olympians had on the nation?

A Phenomenal feeling, I couldn’t believe how many people turned up and the noise they were making. To see people hanging out of the windows in Glasgow and to add that in to how happy it made everyone across Britain. It really was a fantastic day.

2. Your coach Graham Wardell has given up his time to speak about his coaching experiences and help volunteers in our programme – how important a role does your coach and your support network play for you?

Graham has been coaching me for a while now and he has done a fantastic job. I have complete confidence in him. He is part of a very big supporting network which includes the Scottish Institute of Sport which is absolutely fantastic. I have Claire McDonald, who is brilliant, as my weight coach which ensures I’m getting stronger all the time. Linda Harvie as physio, who I meet up with a couple of times per week to ensure I’m injury free and my Sports Psychologist - Mischa Botting makes sure I approach races with the correct mind frame and learn how to deal with success, disappointment and the pressure of competing in home events.

This is vital upon my approach to the Commonwealth Games as I am the Commonwealth Champion and want to retain my title, so my support network make sure all aspects are covered.

3. Now London 2012 has passed, attention in Scotland has turned to 2014. Firstly, how excited are you at competing in Glasgow 2014? And how important is it that the facilities such as Tollcross and the Commonwealth Arena will be open to the public before and long after the games as we try to build a legacy for sport?

These venues give Glasgow a World class legacy, the Velodrome and swimming pool will enable the next generation of athletes to come through and be sporting stars. The Olympics have inspired people to take part in sport but facilities are equally as important as they can give them the access to take part. Our job now is to keep this legacy going and make sure it doesn’t peter out after a couple of weeks - promote these sports and get young people interested and involved in sport

4. Glasgow is bidding to host the 3rd ever Youth Olympics in 2018, how important an opportunity do you think this would be for our young athletes?

Hopefully this opportunity will inspire young athletes to get involved in sport and not just football that has a massive following in this country. The Olympics showed that there are other sports and that we can succeed at them. With the Commonwealth games we now have the infrastructure which makes Glasgow 2018 such a strong bid. It would be absolutely fantastic for Glasgow.

5. What advice, if any, would you give to aspiring young swimmers that want to follow in your footsteps?

Have fun with what you’re doing, there’s no point if you don’t enjoy it. Make sure you work hard and be the best you can be. Put yourself through absolute hell as there is no point being 2nd best if you want to be a champion.

6. Finally, you won Gold in Delhi 2010, if you were to repeat that achievement in Glasgow 2014, after seeing the success of the Bolt and the Mobot – what celebration can we expect from you?

I see a lot of athletes doing all this weird stuff before their race and to be honest with you, I think its looks ridiculous [laughs] After the Commonwealth Games I got up on the lane rope and put my hands in the air so who knows in two years time I might have thought of something but its not the first thing I would think about…

Robbie Renwick
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