One of the greatest swimmers of Pacific heritage many people have no knowledge of, Robin Leamy (born April 1, 1961) represented the United States in swimming where he won a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles competing with the US team in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay. He held the World Record in the 50 Meter Freestyle from 1981 through 1985, when it was not an Olympic event.
Robin was born in Samoa but raised in the US. He traces his Samoan heritage to the village of Vaiala, Upolu through his parents; mother, Vini Macdonald (Maiden name), who was half Samoan/Scottish and father Brian, who hailed from New Zealand.
Leamy received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he swam for the UCLA Bruins swimming and diving team in NCAA competition in 1981 and 1982. He was the NCAA individual national championship in the 100-yard freestyle in 1981, and the 50-yard freestyle in 1982.
Following his retirement in 1984, he was coaxed back into swimming by the Samoa National Olympic Committee & Sports Federation and he answered the call by representing Samoa at the 1991 South Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, winning gold. “This meet actually did mean a lot to me emotionally, as I was very proud to represent (Western) Samoa,” he told NESIAN VILLAGE in an exclusive interview. ” Yes, I did win the Gold for Samoa (the 50 meter freestyle), which was truly a thrill. Having grown up in Samoa, it was like coming home and giving something back to the country where I grew up.”
Robin received a degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following his success at the 1984 Olympic Games, he received his Masters of Business Administration degree from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Leamy now works in real estate where he is the founding Principal for Leamy Realty Group Inc. (LRG)