Hayley Palmer

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Hayley Palmer
Personal information
Full name Hayley Gloria Palmer
Nationality  New Zealand
Born (1989-05-08) 8 May 1989 (age 25)
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle

Hayley Gloria Palmer (born 8 May 1989 in New Zealand) is an Olympian and National Record holding swimmer from New Zealand. She swam for NZ at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.[1]

Early life[edit]

Palmer was born in Cheltenham, England. However, both her parents are New Zealand nationals and they returned to New Zealand for two years when Palmer was young, before moving back to Cheltenham when she was 3. In Cheltenham, Palmer attended St Edwards School, and grammar school at the High School for Girls, where she currently holds every school record in swimming. Palmer began swimming in England, before her return to New Zealand in 2007.[2]

Her international debut for New Zealand was at the 2008 Short Course Worlds in Manchester in April 2008.

Her coach for the majority of her swimming career in England was Graham Brookhouse. During her early teenage years she was a member of the Gloucester City Swimming Club. She currently swims for North Shore Swimming in Auckland, and is coached by Randy Reese at Clearwater Aquatics in Florida.

Palmer is a Latter-day Saint.[3]

She competed for New Zealand at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the Women's 4x200m freestyle relay.

In the 2009 13th Fina World Swimming Championships she made the Semi-Finals of the 100m Freestyle and placed 11th.

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Palmer won 2 bronze medals, in the 50m Freestyle and 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

Swimming records[edit]

Palmer currently holds the following New Zealand Records:

  • Women's Long Course 50m Freestyle (25.01)
  • Women's Long Course 100m Freestyle (53.91)
  • Women's Short Course 50m Freestyle (24.39)
  • Women's Short Course 100m Freestyle (53.57)
  • Women's Short Course 100m Individual Medley (1:01.24)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer's bio page from the 2008 Olympics website; retrieved 2009-07-07.
  2. ^ Johannsen, Dana (4 January 2008). "Swimming: Palmer surges ahead". The New Zealand Herald. 
  3. ^ Mormon Times, 25 August 2008