Learn, Improve, Lead...

Career transition for Renwick

6 December 2016

It is with enormous gratitude and excitement that I am choosing to officially announce my transition from competitive swimming to the business of sport. 

Having raced in every senior Scottish and Great British team for the last ten years, I’ve been on an incredible journey through sport and have experienced things in life I could only have dreamt of.

In 2010, I became the first Scottish athlete to win a gold medal at Commonwealth Games in Delhi; a race I dedicated to my late coach Eileen Adams. Eileen was a huge inspiration to me both personally and professionally, and influenced all of my achievements to date.

Winning a world title in the Men’s 4 x 200m relay in 2015 will also be one of my favourite memories, as this marked a return to form despite many believing I was past my best. It’s difficult to do justice to that feeling; it was like standing on top of the world.

And, of course, returning from Rio with an Olympic Silver medal is what I’ve been dreaming of since I was a young boy, and it will live with me forever. I’ve been lucky enough to share the pool with many talented swimmers over the years, but to bepart of TeamGB at our most successful Games ever is priceless. It is the perfect way to close such an incredible chapter of my life.

I have met so many fantastic people and athletes in my career, and have been fortunate enough to travel the world pursuing the sport I love.

Despite moving on from competition, I will stay involved in the sport, and I am looking forward focusing my efforts on the business side of sport. 

In 2014 I came across the opportunity to run a Kitesurfing school based in Troon, Ayrshire – TRYkitesurfing. This has been my passion away from swimming and I look forward to developing the business and teaching plenty of students high quality kitesurf tuition.

I feel passionately about sharing my knowledge with the next generation, and mentoring younger athletes who are starting out in their career. I firmly believe that, without the help and support of others, no athlete can reach their full potential.

It is for this reason I want to take a moment to thank the people who have helped me along my journey.

Companies that have sponsored me over my career; FirstOil, Finis, Strathmore, BMW Harry Fairbairn and the UK National Lottery funding – your backing has been instrumental in allowing me to commit fully to my training and ease the pressures of juggling a professional sporting career with everyday life.

To my management agency, Red Sky, who have sought out opportunities for me throughout my career, and who have invested their time and energy into helping me prepare for life after swimming – thank you.

‘It has been a pleasure to work with Robbie for almost 10 years. In a sense he is the unsung hero of British Swimming as he has always delivered at the highest level for so long. As he captures his skill set over the coming months I am sure his transition into the business of sport will be another success story’ Rowen Shepherd, CEO, Red Sky Management.

To British Swimming, Scottish Swimming and the Scottish Institute of Sport, thank you for giving me over a decade of your support and seeing me through from a naïve 17-year old at my first Commonwealth Games, to an Olympic medalist 11 years later. 

Ally Whike, Scottish Swimming Performance Director said, “Robbie has been an outstanding ambassador for Scottish and British sport over the past decade and all of us within the Scottish swimming community are extremely proud of his achievements. There are not many athletes that complete the “grand slam” of medals across the major international championships and winning a silver medal in Rio was a fitting end to a distinguished career. We are delighted that Robbie will be continuing to inspire others to get in the pool and enjoy the sport as much as he clearly has.”

And last but not least, to my family, my girlfriend and my coaches – your constant belief in me, and your guidance when things have been tough, have made me who I am today. Without your support, my dreams of winning a medal in Rio would not have come true.

In closing, I’m incredibly proud and privileged to have raced for my country and for the career I have been afforded through sport, but if I have inspired even one person to start swimming, or to lead a healthier life, then that makes every bit of the dedication and hard work worth it.

Swimming will always be close to my heart and this is merely just a new chapter starting. I look forward putting my energy into a new adventure, and I’m excited for what the future holds.

Press & Interview requests:

Red Sky management - Jason White: 08452007820,

Scottish swimming - Kirsten Phillips: 07730661788,

British swimming - David Richards: 07789926136,