James Goddard

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James Goddard
Personal information
Full nameJames Francis Goddard
Nickname(s)"Jimmy", "Offside"
National team Great Britain
Born (1983-03-30) 30 March 1983 (age 36)
Offside, Victoria, Seychelles
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)
StrokesBackstroke, medley
ClubStockport Metro

James Francis Goddard (born 30 March 1983) is a Seychelles-born British competitive swimmer and backstroker who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA world championships and European championships, and swam for England in the Commonwealth Games.

Personal life[edit]

Goddard was born in the Seychelles, but moved to Stockport, England, during his youth, and attended Werneth School,[1] and trains in Stockport with other swimmers such as Keri-Anne Payne and Michael Rock.[2][3]


Goddard represented Great Britain at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished 4th in the 200m backstroke.[4] Goddard also represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 200 m individual medley swimming events.[4] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he only competed in the men's 200 m individual medley, finishing in 7th.[4]

Goddard represented England in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, where he won a gold in the men's 200 m backstroke and a bronze in the men's 200m individual medley, at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he again won a gold in the men's 200m backstroke and this time gold in the men's 200m individual medley.

Personal bests and records held[edit]

Event Long course Short course
100 m backstroke 54.90 52.87
200 m backstroke 1:55.58 CR 1:53.43
100 m individual medley 52.05
200 m individual medley 1:57.12 NR 1:52.57
400 m individual medley 4:16.05 4:15.87
Key CR:Commonwealth NR:British

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scott Elliot, Robin (25 July 2012). "James Goddard: Battling for swimming bronze after Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte". The Independent. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. ^ "London 2012: Stockport Olympians ready for London". BBC Sport. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  3. ^ "James Goddard". Team GB. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "James Goddard Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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