|Full name||Kate Emma Haywood|
1 April 1987 |
|Club||Loughborough University SC|
|College team||Loughborough University|
Kate Emma Haywood (born 1 April 1987 in Grimsby, England) is a retired 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.
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.
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.
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.
Personal bests and records held
|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|
- Kate Haywood Official Website
- Straightline Fitness personal training and corporate fitness
- British Swimming athlete profile
- British Olympic Association athlete profile
- Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games profile. Accessed 16 May 2006.