It’s no surprise that Craig Figes ended up in the career he did – his family has a strong aquatics heritage.

His grandmother was a founder member of the Bristol Central swimming club, his mother swam at the 1966 Commonwealth Games and his sister appeared in Great Britain’s synchronised swimming teams in the mid 1990s.

Before the 2012 Olympics, Craig was a geography teacher at Manchester Grammar School. However, he relinquished his post in 2010 in order to take up water polo as a full-time profession and prepare for the Games. Craig went on to captain the Men’s Great Britain Water polo team at the 2012 London Olympics.

Giving Back

Craig is already an active member of the coaching team at Bristol Central and coaches water polo to more than a hundred children every week.

Craig says: "Being involved with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is an exciting opportunity to help young people all over the country. I had so much help and support when I was younger and I am proud to be able to try and help the next generation".

Competitive record

2012 – Olympic Games – London

2009 –  LEN European Nations Cup – Lugano, Switzerland (4th)

2009 - Mithat Hantel Memorial Water Polo Tournament – Istanbul, Turkey (Gold)

2008 – Comen Cup – Malta (4th)

2008 - LEN European A Qualifiers – Dubrovnik, Croatia (4th)

2007 - LEN European B Nations Trophy – Manchester (6th)