Rich began skating at the age of 10 and it quickly developed into more than an occasional hobby.  He began skating at every possible opportunity and he was particularly drawn to a discipline known as the vert halfpipe.

Unfortunately the closest vert was 50 miles away from where he lived, which forced him to learn how to be extremely disciplined and focused in order to progress. By age 13 he was travelling by train over 500 miles per week in order to skate, by 16 he was travelling over 1000 miles per week.

After working his way up through local and national amateur competitions Rich picked up his first sponsor at the age of 16 and qualified onto the professional circuit one year later.

Since 2004 Rich has competed regularly on the pro tour which has taken him all over the world, to places such as Australia, China, South America, USA and the middle east. Along the way he has picked up many medals and podium position including winning the European Championships three years running and a world X-Games silver medal.

He continues to compete professionally and also works closely with leading skate manufactures to help develop new products.

Give Back

Since becoming involved with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust nearly 8 years ago I have had the privilege of being a part of many different programmes, this has given me the opportunity to work with many young people from all kinds of different backgrounds. Sport has taught me so many valuable skills and without the support of others I would not have been able to get as far as I have. As an Athlete Mentor I am excited to be able to use the skills I have learned to offer that same support to young people and to help them to achieve their goals. 

In addition to working for the Trust, I worked as a Sky Sport Athlete Mentor on their Sky Sport Living For Sports programme. I also have a lot of experience working with primary school pupils both through Sports for Schools delivering assemblies and also privately delivering inline skate lessons in schools.

Competitive Record

2017 - European Champion

2016 – British Champion

2016 – NASS, England (1st)

2016 – Bunker, Italy (1st)

2015 – NL Contest, France (2nd)

2015 – ICR, Italy (2nd)

2015 – X Masters, Italy (1st)

2015 – NASS, England (3rd)

2014 – MSS, Bulgaria (2nd)

2014 – Roll Line, England (1st)

2013 – European Champion

2012 – European Champion

2011 – European Champion

2011 – X Games silver medallist