James Gibson MBE
BA Politics and Economics, 2001
MSc International Relations of the European Union, 2006
James Gibson, former Commonwealth and world swimming champion, won gold and bronze in the 50m and 100m breaststroke at the 2003 World Championships, and held the British and Commonwealth records in both. His career high was when he became the first Briton in 28 years to win a World title. He raced to the title in Barcelona 2003, in his favoured event in the 50m breastroke.
Whilst starting out as a swimmer, on arrival at Loughborough, James joined the Athletics Club as a social member but was soon persuaded to have another go in the pool. Within 18 months under the coaching supervision of Di Bass and then Ben Titley he had become the British number 3 breaststroker. Six months later he was British record holder.
Competing at the 2003 Summer World University Games as a Loughborough Student, he won titles in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke before going on to win his world titles and finishing 6th in the 100m breast final at the Athens Olympics.
Since his retirement as a competitive athlete in November 2010, he has joined the French Swimming High Performance Centre as a coach. He is a Child-Safe Goodwill Ambassador carrying out important and significant work in reducing crimes against children..
He was awarded an MBE in 2004, and becomes our first swimmer to enter the Hall of Fame