Hayley Palmer

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Hayley Palmer
XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi Winners of (Women`s) 50m Swimming Butterfly, Hayley Palmer of New Zealand (Bronze) (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full nameHayley Gloria Palmer
Nationality New Zealand
Born (1989-05-08) 8 May 1989 (age 33)
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
ClubNorth Shore Swimming Club (2007-present)
Medal record
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Delhi 50 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Delhi 4x100 m freestyle

Hayley Gloria Palmer (born 8 May 1989 in Cheltenham) is an Olympian and National Record holding swimmer from New Zealand. She swam for NZ at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2012 Summer Olympics.[1][2]

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,[3] where she currently holds every school record in swimming. Palmer began swimming in England, before her return to New Zealand in 2007.[4]

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.[5]

She competed for New Zealand at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the women's 4 × 200 m freestyle relay.[2]

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 4 × 100 m freestyle relay.

At the 2012 Olympics, she competed in the 50 m freestyle and the 4 × 100 m freestyle.[2]

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)


  1. ^ "Athlete Biography: Hayley Palmer". Beijing2008.cn. Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. Archived from the original on 9 September 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Hayley Palmer". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Palmer pulls swims race". GloucesterCitizen.co.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2016.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Johannsen, Dana (4 January 2008). "Swimming: Palmer surges ahead". The New Zealand Herald.
  5. ^ "Mormon Times - LDS Olympic Games athletes". www.mormontimes.com. 25 August 2008. Archived from the original on 2 September 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2018.