Meet The Team - Fran Halsall
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British Gas ITC
2008: 8th in 100m Free, 10th in 50m Free, 21st in 100m Fly
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay on 28 July
100m Butterfly on 28 & 29 July
100m Freestyle on 1 & 2 August
50m Freestyle on 3 & 4 August
Did you know?
- When she was younger, Fran had ambitions to be an athlete but admits the lack of competition for the youngest age groups put her off and she turned to swimming.
- Her competitive nature made a rapid impression in the pool with current coach Ben Titley thought to have scouted her out on a whim at the City of Liverpool Swimming Club when she was just 11-years old.
- Away from the pool, Fran likes to read theology and philosophy in her spare time and lives with Olympic hockey player boyfriend Alistair Wilson and their two cats.
Having reached the 100m Freestyle final on her Olympic debut as a fresh-faced 18-year old, Fran Halsall has developed into one of the most exciting competitors in women's sprint swimming. She won her first and only World Championship medal in 2009 (100m Freestyle silver) before a breakthrough season in 2010 saw her scoop five medals at both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games. Halsall has been part of Ben Titley's elite group at the British Gas ITC in Loughborough since Beijing and recovered from off-season ankle surgery to secure two fourth-place finishes in the 50m and 100m Freestyle respectively at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.