Meet Our SwimCamps coach Joe Roebuck

Swimming is not just about diving into the water and racing from one end to the
other. It is a sport that requires grit, endurance, and perseverance. Joe Roebuck, a renowned British swimmer, embodies all these qualities and more. With his incredible achievements both in and out of the pool, Roebuck has become a role model for aspiring swimmers around the world.

Joe’s journey in the world of swimming began like many other swimmers. He started
with the learn to swim classes and fell in love with the sport. He showed natural talent and passion for swimming from the start, which made him progress quickly through the club levels. Eventually, at the age of 18, he went to Loughborough University to further his education and swimming career.

It was not long before Roebuck made his international senior debut at the Long Course European Championships in Hungary in 2006. There, he competed in the 200m and 400m individual medleys, as well as the 200m butterfly. These would become the events that he would excel in as he continued to represent Great Britain at the elite senior level.

Joe’s hard work and dedication paid off, and he amassed a total of 21 national
medals, including ten British Championship titles between 2005 and 2014. He also competed in three World Championships (2008, 2009, and 2011), where he showcased his skills against the best swimmers in the world. In 2010 and 2011, he won European medals, and he was a double Commonwealth silver medalist. In 2012, Roebuck became the only British swimmer to qualify for three individual events at the London Olympics after winning two events at the Olympic Trials. This was a monumental achievement and the highlight of his career. Roebuck competed in the 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, and 400m individual medley, making him a versatile and formidable competitor in the pool.

Joe’s excellence in the pool is reflected in his records. He is still the British Record
holder for Short Course 200 Butterfly, with a time of 1.51.27, and the 400 Individual Medley short course Commonwealth Record holder with a time of 4.01.63. These records are a testament to his talent, hard work, and dedication to the sport. Even though Roebuck has retired from competitive swimming, he has not left the sport behind. He is currently a coach at SwimCamps and Swim Swift Elite, where he
uses his knowledge and expertise to help aspiring swimmers achieve their goals. Roebuck will be the head coach at Rijeka SwimCamps 2023, alongside another
Olympian swimmer, Amy Smith. The camps will take place in two separate periods from August 7th until August 11th and August 13th until August 17th, respectively. Joe’s legacy as a swimmer and coach is a testament to the hard work, passion, and
dedication that is required to excel in the sport of swimming. His journey is an inspiration to swimmers of all ages and backgrounds. Joining the SwimCamps Rijeka will give swimmers a unique opportunity to learn from Roebuck, one of the most accomplished swimmers in British history and to take their swimming to the next level!

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Joe – read on for some fascinating insights
from Ice Roebuck himself!

SC: How do you balance the technical and physical aspects of swim training to help your swimmers achieve their goals?

JR: Our work is all based around technical efficiency. This creates continuous
learning, which maintains a swimmer’s interest, desire and understanding that they
are always able to improve as there are many different aspects to their swimming
careers. Being technically efficient will also reduce injuries and help to create a
lifelong love of being in the water

SC: What inspired you to become a swim coach, and how long have you been coaching?

JR: I was fortunate to find what I loved to do early in life. Great teachers and
coaches facilitated my learning, I’m lucky that I am able to pass on the enthusiasm
that they gave me. I am proud to say that we have been running Swim Swift Elite for
eight years and counting

SC: What's the most important lesson you hope your swimmers learn from you?

JR: Medals and fast times are great, but as you reflect on your swimming career that
shouldn’t be the only things you remember. Continually staying committed to
improving yourself, and learning how to deal with the highs and lows that life will
present.

SC: If you could train any famous person (athlete or not) who would it be and why?

JR: Francis Ngannou is currently the most terrifying man on the planet! It would be
nice to momentarily have a physical edge on him. With his mindset of overcoming
extreme obstacles, I’m sure he would improve in record time.

SC: What's the funniest or most unusual nickname you've been given?

JR: When competing in St Petersburg, the officials were unable to read my
handwriting, I was therefore known as Ice Roebuck! Ice stuck for a while.