Swimming: Joe seeks sponsor to keep dream of Rio Olympics alive

Great Britain's Joe Roebuck reacts after finishing the 200m butterfly heats at London 2012.
Great Britain's Joe Roebuck reacts after finishing the 200m butterfly heats at London 2012.
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Rotherham Olympian Joe Roebuck is hoping local businesses can get behind his bid to win a medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Roebuck, aged 28, is often billed as Great Britain’s busiest swimmer because of the amount of different disciplines he takes part in.

However, even his hard work in and out of the pool hasn’t been able to offset the cut in funding that British Swimming received after the Olympic Games last year in London.

Roebuck was the only British swimmer to qualify for three different events in London and is the reigning Commonwealth record holder for the 400 metre medley.

He’s currently training for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but the big prize remains the Olympics in Rio.

He said he’s finding it difficult to combine full time training and work to fund himself: “Post the London Olympic Games there have been massive budget cuts within swimming and I am now no longer funded by UK Sport which was my sole means of financial support.

“Whilst training as a full time professional athlete, which is required to fulfil my potential and to continue to compete on the international stage, I do not have the hours to spare in the workplace to provide finances to support myself.

“I’m keen to work as a partnership with a company where I can offer a range of opportunities, including advertisement, appearances or motivational speeches or even swim coaching for staff and their families.”

Joe can be contacted via his website joeroebuck.co.uk or on Twitter @JoeRoebuck.