Rob Newton was born in Nottingham. He won the AAA U17 title in 1997 over 400m hurdles but has since become Britain's No.1 sprint hurdler. In 1999 he won the English Schools' and AAA U20 gold medals and came close to striking European Junior gold, eventually having to settle for fourth in the closest of finishes. Nevertheless he ran a wind-assisted 13.93 that day.
The U23 title was his in 2001 and he continued to improve the following year as he brought his best down to 13.92.
2003 saw a considerable improvement as he clocked 13.71 to win the Inter-Counties title early in the season and then continued to bring that PB down. He won the AAA U23 championships and then clocked 13.55 in the heats at the European U23s, where he finished fifth in the final.
As of 2004 he is Britain's number one sprint hurdler. However, competing for Team GB at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Newton failed to qualify for the second round of the 110 m hurdles competition.
He is praised for being Britain's only openly gay professional athlete, as well as for his achievements.