Melanie Marshall

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Melanie Marshall
Personal information
Full name Melanie Jayne Marshall
Nationality British
Born (1982-01-12) 12 January 1982 (age 36)
Boston, England
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, backstroke
Club Loughborough University

Melanie Jayne Marshall (born 12 January 1982) is a former British swimmer. She has won numerous medals for her country as well as being a swimming coach of the year for her work with Adam Peaty in Derby and later Loughborough.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, brought up in the nearby village of Wrangle. She attended the Giles School in Old Leake.


A long lasting international career started at the 1995 European Youth Olympics in Bath, where she won four gold medals.

Marshall was ranked number one in the world in 2004 after breaking the British 200 m freestyle record to ensure selection to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

At the 2008 Short Course World Championships in Manchester, she came third as part of the British women's 4×100 m freestyle relay team.

Marshall claimed six medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne,[3] and is currently the second most decorated female athlete ever. Marshall ended her swimming career at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

On 30 October 2008, Marshall announced her retirement from the sport.[4] She was the head coach at City of Derby Swimming Club, where she first began coaching Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic champion Adam Peaty when he was twelve. In 2014 she was International swim coach of the year.[3] Marshall has also worked as a coach with the British swimming team and has been named as an elite coach by UK Sport.[5] In 2016 Marshall and Peaty both left City of Derby to join the Loughborough National Swimming centre.[6] as lead coach.[7]

Personal life[edit]

She currently resides in Loughborough with her two dogs, Missy and Jetson. She is 1.7 m (5′ 7″), 62 kg.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BBC Sport Commonwealth Games 2002 Statistics". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Swimming Schedule and Results". Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  3. ^ a b "International Swim Coach of the Year: Melanie Marshall". Swimming World News. 2014-12-28. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  4. ^ "Marshall brings inspirational career to and end". British Swimming. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  5. ^ "City of Derby coach Mel Marshall tells rising star Adam Peaty he can compete against top Euro men". Derby Telegraph. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Bell, Mandy. "MANDY BELL NAMED CITY OF DERBY HEAD COACH, AS MEL MARSHALL MOVES ON". Swim Swam. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Mel Marshall Moves To Head Lougborough In British Swimming Restructure". SwimSwam. 2016-12-02. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 

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