Nick Gillingham

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Nick Gillingham
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Born 22 January 1967

Nicholas ("Nick") Gillingham MBE (born 22 January 1967 in Walsall) is a former swimmer from Great Britain, who participated in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1988. In August 1989, he tied the existing world record in the long-course 200 m breaststroke, only to co-hold it for 1-day before the other co-holder, Mike Barrowman (USA), lowered the record again. At the 1988 Olympics he won the silver medal in the 200 metres breaststroke, followed by a bronze one in the same event, four years later in Barcelona.

Gillingham, who was trained by Tim Jones, also won the world title at the first inaugural 1993 FINA Short Course World Championships in Palma de Mallorca. He broke three world, ten European, nine Commonwealth and seventeen British records during his career and won 17 major championships.

Gillingham was awarded the MBE in 1993 for ‘services to swimming’ and retired from full-time competitive sport in 1996. After retiring, he established a sports communications business focusing on sports marketing, development & events.

Recently, Gillingham took part in a scheme called Young Ambassadors, promoting youth sport development in the North East of England at Loughborough.

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