Keri-Anne Payne

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Keri-Anne Payne
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Personal information
Full name Keri-Anne Payne
National team  Great Britain
Born (1987-12-09) 9 December 1987 (age 27)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, medley
Club Warrender Baths SC
Stockport Metro SC

Keri-Anne Payne (born 9 December 1987), also known by her married name Keri-Anne Carry, is a South African-born British swimmer, specialising in marathon open water swimming, and long-distance freestyle swimming in the pool. She is a two-time 10-kilometre open water world champion, and an Olympic silver medallist.

Swimming career[edit]

Payne was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to British parents,[1] who registered her birth at the British Consulate. She started swimming aged 4, and was noticed aged 8 by British Swimming's national performance director Bill Sweetenham at a training camp in South Africa.[2] As a result, the family returned to the UK to live in Heywood, Greater Manchester, when she was 13.[1]

Joining Stockport Metro, she has been coached since by Sean Kelly. Having broken the British junior 800-metre freestyle record in 2002, Payne's central financial support was cut after she failed to win a medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. As a result, Kelly suggested that she try open water swimming, allowing her to access additional central funding.[2]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she competed in the 200-metre individual medley and 400-metre individual medley swimming events, as well as the 10-kilometre open water event, in which she placed second and won a silver medal.[3]

At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, held in Rome, Payne won the 10-kilometre open water event. She finished first in a time of two hours, one minute and 37.1 seconds.[4]

In 2011 in Shanghai, Payne reclaimed the World Championship in the 10 km Open Water event, becoming in the process the first British athlete in any sport to confirm qualification for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.[5]

Payne took part in the 10-kilometre open water event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and finished fourth, four seconds behind the winner.

Payne trained at British Swimming's Intensive Training Centre at Stockport's Grand Central Pools.[1] There she meet fellow swimmer David Carry,[2] whom she married on 15 September 2012 in Aberdeen. The couple lived in Heywood, Greater Manchester,[6] but in light of Carry's retirement from competitive swimming and in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, after their wedding they relocated to the Scottish capital where she joined Warrender Baths Club.[7]

In 2014 she won the LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup Super Final in Castellabate, Italy.[8]

Charitable Associations[edit]

Keri-Ann Payne is currently an ambassador for the Charity SkillForce.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kate Rew (20 September 2009). "How I got my body". The Observer (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Keri-Anne Payne's goals for 2012 - Olympic gold and a wedding ring". BBC Sport. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "British duo take 10km swim medals". BBC Sport (BBC Online). 20 August 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Payne powers to 10km world crown". BBC Sport (BBC Online). 22 July 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "GB swimmer Keri-Anne Payne wins gold – and qualifies for 2012 Olympics". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). 19 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Keri-Anne Payne's Team GB Olympic Profile
  7. ^ Magnay, Jacqueline (29 December 2012) Keri-Anne Payne considers switching to the pool after the pain of fourth at London Olympics The Telegraph, Retrieved 24 January 2013
  8. ^ "Payne makes winning return to open water". British Swimming and the ASA. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

Preceded by
Larisa Ilchenko
World Open Water Swimmer of the Year
Succeeded by
Martina Grimaldi
Preceded by
Ana Marcela Cunha
FINA Open Water Swimmer of the Year
Succeeded by
Éva Risztov