| Place Of Birth || Pretoria, South Africa |
| Residence || Tucson, Arizona |
| Occupation || Professional swimmer |
| Coach || Frank Busch |
| Idol || Nelson Mandela, Sir Steven Redgrave |
| Recent Results || FINA World Championships (Montreal, July-2005)|
1st in the 50m Freestyle (21.69 - CR)
2nd in the 100m Freestyle (48.28)
1st in the 50m Butterfly (22.96 - WR)
| Commonwealth |
| Melbourne 2006|
Gold in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay (3:14.97)
new Commonwealth Games record.
Gold in the 50m Freestyle (22.33)
4th in the heat of the 50m Backstroke (26.69)
Silver in the 50m Butterfly (23.66)
Silver in the 4x100m Freestyle relay (3:18.86)
4th in the 4x100m medley relay (3:39.02)
6th in the 50m Freestyle (23.11)
6th in the 100m Freestyle (50.30)
| Olympic |
| Athens 2004|
Bronze in the 50m Freestyle (22.02)
Silver in the 100m Freestyle (48.23)
Gold in the 4x100m Freestyle relay (3:13.17 - WR)
10th in the 50m Freestyle (22.41)
15th in the 100m Freestyle (49.84)
11th in the 4x100m Freestyle relay (3:21.28)
| Other || Personal Best:|
50m Freestyle - 22.04
100m Freestyle - 48.69
50m Butterfly - 23.65
100m Butterfly - 52.73
Roland is a member of the South African team that holds the 4x100m Freestyle Relay World Record of 3:13.17, obtained at the Athens Olympic Games.
1st in the 50m Freestyle (as at 08-Aug-2005)
2nd in the 100m Freestyle (as at 08-Aug-2005)
1st in the 50m Butterfly (as at 08-Aug-2005)
Roland took up swimming for a girl - he was the star opening bowler for the Willowridge High School's under-14 cricket team, but found he could never impress the girl of his dreams Jennifer Strong, as she was a swimmer. Roland went on to dazzle her with outrageous wins against experienced swimmers and won her over. He later dumped her for swimming.
He became the first South African to win three medals at an Olympic Games in Athens 2004.
His first coach, Gavin Ross, said Roland made the key surge in his career in Standard Nine (Grade 11), while competing in the Transvaal Open Championships, the day after his father was killed in a car accident. He insisted on staying in the competition and competing in his father's honour.
He has said if he could race anyone, it would be David Hasselhoff.
After the Athens Olympics, Roland was given the honour of meeting former South African President Nelson Mandela upon his return home - an event which Roland claims was both amazing and surreal.