Kirsty Balfour

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Kirsty Balfour
Personal information
Full name Kirsty Balfour
Nickname(s) "Balf"
National team  Great Britain
Born (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 33)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb; 9.6 st)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club City of Edinburgh

Kirsty Balfour (born 21 February 1984), also known by her married name Kirsty Kettles, is a Scottish former competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games, FINA world championships and European championships, and competed for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games. She specialized in breaststroke events.

She won a gold medal in the 200-metre breaststroke at the European Long-Course Championships in 2006, and took silver in same event at the World Championships in Melbourne in 2007.

She announced her retirement from swimming on 7 November 2008, stating she planned to do more work for her church.[1] She got married the following day.[2]

Personal bests and records held[edit]

Event Long course Short course
50 m breaststroke 29.08 (2006) 31.56 (2008)
100 m breaststroke 1:07.83 (2006) 1:06.37 (2008)
200 m breaststroke 2:24.04 (2006) NR 2:21.82 (2006) NR
Record Key NR:British


  1. ^ "Balfour steps down from swimming". British Swimming. 2008-11-07. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Wedding bells ring for retired Kirsty". British Swimming. 2008-11-10. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 

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