Liam Tancock

Liam hails from Exeter but had made his name at the ITC in Loughborough under coach Ben Titley. ‘Fatboy’ is a backstroke sprinter, setting the world record in the 50m back in Sheffield in 2008, and again twice more at the world championship in Rome on his way to victory. Liam also won bronze in the 50m and 100m back in the world championships in 2007, and bronze in the 50m back at the worlds in Montreal aged 20. Liam finished 6th in the Olympic final in Beijing and is a world short course champion.

1. When did you first realise you could be a great swimmer?

I didn’t. Other people said that I could be, but I just loved swimming.

2. What was the turning point in your career?

Racing my first Senior International Montreal 2005 Worlds and winning a medal.

3. What qualities make up a great swimmer?

Someone who has got the ‘winner’ attitude and is willing to go the extra mile.

4. Who has inspired you?

Anyone who has achieved great things.

5. If you weren’t a swimmer, what would you like to have been?

Not really sure – something sporty tho!

6.What makes you angry?

Not a lot.

7. What helps you keep calm?


8. What is the hardest set you have ever done?

Anything to do with breath-holding and max sprints!

9. What is your favourite line from a song?

I don’t listen to the lyrics, just the TUNE!

10. What three pieces of advice would you give to a young swimmer that wants to reach the top?

Work hard, listen and have fun.