Date of birth21 July 1988
ClubUniversity of Stirling
Discipline200m and 400m freestyle
Freestyle swimmer Robbie medalled at every major competition earning Commonwealth, European and World Championship honours. He competed in three Olympic games, capping a successful career with a Silver medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay in Rio.
Robbie made his Team Scotland debut at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games, winning a silver and two bronze medals. A year later, he won silver at the European Junior Championship. He first rose to prominence at senior level at the age of 17 when he anchored Scotland’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay team home to silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Delhi 2010 was a stand-out Games for Robbie as he took gold over the 200m Freestyle as well as winning silver as part of the 4 x 200m freestyle relay. His final Commonwealth Games medal came at Glasgow 2014 with a third 4 x 200m freestyle relay silver.
Robbie featured in every major Olympic or World Championship for Great Britain between 2007 and 2016. In 2015, his second leg split of 1:45.98 in the 4 x 200m relay, the fastest of his career at the age of 27, undoubtedly helped Britain win gold at the World Championships in Kazan, beating the favoured US team. Robbie followed this up with silver in the same event at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
A few months after Rio and after more than a decade in the sport, Robbie retried from competitive swimming. He made the transition from professional swimmer to business owner, using his passion for Kitesurfing, to set up a Kitesurfing school to teach and deliver the sport to a wider audience.
Robbie is also an exemplary story teller and he frequently shares the lessons he learned from competing in high performance sport to a wide variety of audiences in an inspiring and engaging manner.