Calum Jarvis retires from competitive swimming after 800 freestyle stints in Birmingham

olympic gold medalist Calum Jarvis30, confirmed his retirement from elite swimming this week at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Jarvis, who represents Great Britain at the Olympics and Wales at the Commonwealth Games, shared the news in his official BBC interview after helping Wales finish 4th in the men’s 800 freestyle relay.

“I’m looking for a job, do you have any offers?” he joked to the interviewer.

“I’ve been in every major competition and got the silverware, and I’m happy that I did that and achieved that. Not everyone in their sports career can do that. I’m very grateful for the opportunities I had, and a big thank you to everyone who was also part of this journey, I couldn’t have done it without their support.

“Really really happy to be out. It would have been nice to finish on the podium, but that’s not what it’s about. It’s about coming together and doing what we can in the pool. That’s all we can do. I’m really proud of these three guys here today, I absolutely pulled it off.

Jarvis’ last race was in this 800m freestyle relay, where he combined with Matthew Richards, Daniel Jonesand Kieran’s Bird for a time of 7:10.64. This broke the Welsh record for the event.

Jarvis also swam the nation’s 400 freestyle relay and finished 7th individually in the 200 freestyle in 1:47.84.

Jarvis has one career Commonwealth Games medal: a bronze medal he won in 2014 at the age of 22. His greatest international achievements came while competing for the wider Great Britain team as a member of 800 freestyle relays. That includes two European championships, two world championships and an Olympic gold medal in the 800 freestyle relay last summer in Tokyo.

Jarvis swam the preliminaries relay in this event, where he shared 1:45.53. He ended up being ousted for the group in the final, which set a European record, but still won gold for his contribution in the heats.

Jarvis graduated with a BSc in Sport Performance from the University of Bath in 2013. He has worked as a swimming instructor and as a volunteer with the University of Bath hockey team and rugby team in strength and conditioning and game day operations.