After making his debut at the 2007 European Championships, Rob is now one of the more experienced athletes on the team, having earned 86 caps throughout his career. He wears the No. 7 shirt whilst competing and his dominant position on the court is Setter.
Having been born with a deformed foot, before having an amputation when Rob was 15, he had always focused on fitting in at school and not standing out because of his disability.
It is because of this that he never got involved in Paralympic sport until in his 20’s. But what has become apparent since is the power of sport and how embracing this can really change lives.
He went to a talent day organised by Paralympics GB and Sitting Volleyball was being set up in the UK, Rob joined the team and has not looked back since.
Rob helped in making an impact to young people’s lives and raising aspirations whilst working on the Sporting Champions programme, and is now looking to inspire your audience by sharing his secret of what it takes to be the best you can!
Rob is a great example of someone who has been touched by the power of sport – someone who wouldn’t wear shorts as he didn’t want anyone to know about my disability, to 10 years later performing without his leg on in front of huge crowds at London 2012.
Through his incredible journey, Rob has been able to visit schools and companies across the country to teach the game, to inspire and show that you can make a difference and that it is okay to embrace being different. It’s been the most rewarding part of captaining his country and so the opportunity to continue this work with Sporting Champions is fantastic and Rob hopes to be able give back some of his knowledge and experience.
Rob has also been an ambassador for Sainsbury’s, The Princes Trust and worked with many other schools and companies, whether it be coaching days or motivational speaking at corporate events.