Rio 2016: Rob Holderness uses crowdfunding to support Olympics bid

Rob Holderness
Rob Holderness made his first Commonwealth Games appearance in Delhi in 2010

Welsh Commonwealth Games swimmer Rob Holderness is using crowdfunding to attempt to make the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The 25-year-old was seventh in the 200m Commonwealth games breaststroke final and sixth in the 4x100m medley in 2014.

Glastonbury-based Holderness, along with English swimmer Tristan Slater, has so far raised almost £2,000 to swim in April's Olympic trials in Glasgow.

"The training costs associated with swimming are just incredible nowadays," he told BBC Somerset.

"You've got all the travel costs, accommodation, entry fees, and I have a job that I just can't do enough hours to make the money.

"We got told by the coaches to try this crowdfunding website and within two or three days we had two thousand pounds and that goes a long way."