Kate Haywood

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Kate Haywood
Personal information
Full name Kate Emma Haywood
Nationality British
Born (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 28)
Grimsby, England
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club Loughborough University SC
College team Loughborough University

Kate Emma Haywood (born 1 April 1987 in Grimsby, England) is a retired[1] English elite swimmer who competed for Great Britain and England, predominantly as a breaststroke swimmer. She was the youngest swimmer to represent England in the Commonwealth Games when she qualified for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where she won a bronze medal in the 4×100 m medley relay. She retired from competitive swimming following the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Career summary[edit]

Despite missing out on qualification for the United Kingdom swim squad at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, Haywood qualified for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, where she won a silver medal in the 4×100 m medley relay.

She won a joint silver medal (with Sarah Katoulis of Australia) in the 50 m breaststroke at the 2008 World Short Course Championships. She competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, finishing in 4th place in the British 4×100 m medley relay team, and reaching the semi-finals in the 100 m breaststroke. She was forced to miss the 2009 Swimming World Championships in Rome due to a hip injury.[2]

Haywood won the bronze medal in the 50m and 100m breaststroke at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

After retirement from swimming, Kate has set up a successful personal training business called Straightline Fitness. She consults to people and businesses, helping them achieve their fitness goals.

Personal life[edit]

She won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award in 2003.

From 2010, Haywood lived and trained in Melbourne, Australia under the guidance of Rohan Taylor.

Her great grandfather is Warneford Cresswell, former Everton and England footballer.[3]

Personal bests and records held[edit]

Event Long course Short course
50 m breaststroke 31.24 (2010) 30.93 (2005)
100 m breaststroke 1:07.56 (2008) NR 1:05.95 (2008) NR
200 m breaststroke 2.32.40 (2005) 2.31.43 (2003)
Record Key NR:British


  1. ^ Haywood on her retirement
  2. ^ "I'll not hurry back, vows battling Kate". Grimsby Telegraph. 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-11-10. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Haywood gatecrashes the Games". BBC Sport. 2002-06-05. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 

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