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James ROBERTS
Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
GenderMen
Born11 Apr 1991 in Tweed Heads, AUS
Height1.94 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Marketing
Languages
English
Higher education
Advertising, Communications - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up competitive swimming at age 15 at Somerset Swimming Academy in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
His sports teacher suggested he should start training.
Club / Team
Somerset Swim Club: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Ashley Callus [club], AUS
General Interest
Nicknames
The Rocket, Jimmy, Roberts (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017; swimming.org.au, 26 May 2016; olympics.com.au, 25 Mar 2012)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ashley Callus. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Ashley Callus. (swimming.org.au, 01 May 2011)
Injuries
In November 2017 he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis, but continued to participate in competitions including the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (news.com.au, 17 Mar 2018)

In late 2014 and early 2015 he had operations on both shoulders. He was out of action for eight months. (swimswam.com, 02 Sep 2015)

He was troubled by an injury to a disc in his back following the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. It continued to cause him problems and contributed to him failing to make the squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (swimming.org.au, 06 Apr 2014; smh.com.au, 04 Apr 2014)

He was hospitalised due to a stomach virus and lost four kilograms in the weeks leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (couriermail.com.au, 01 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't count the days, make the days count." (swimming.org.au, 28 Nov 2013)
Other sports
He has competed in surf lifesaving at national level in Australia. (olympics.com.au, 25 Mar 2012)
Famous relatives
His grandfather Ron Roberts played rugby league for St. George in the New South Wales Rugby League [NSWRL] premiership. He was the league's top try scorer in 1949. He also represented New South Wales and Australia. (swimming.org.au, 01 May 2011)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:11.37
12 2012 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 48.57
4 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:11.63
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 22.29
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:11.58
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Freestyle 48.49
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2017 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.83
5 2017 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.14
2 2017 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.72