Meet The Team - Kate Haywood
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Nunawading SC (Aus)
2008: 11th in 100m Breaststroke, 4th in 4x100m Medley Relay
100m Breaststroke on 29 & 30 July
Did you know?
- Kate was the third recipient of the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award in 2003 after being the youngester swimmer to represent England at the Commonwealth Games as a 15-year old in 2002.
- After completing her GCSEs as a 16-year old, she left home in Grimsby and moved to train with the elite group in Loughborough.
- Her great grandfather is Warneford Cresswell, former Everton and England footballer.
Kate is one of the most experienced members of the British squad, despite being just 25-years old. She has competed at three Commonwealth Games, winning medley relay medals in 2002 and 2006 before adding individual bronze in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke to her collection in 2010. She has also won three European, three European Short Course and two World Short Course medals in her senior career. Kate made an encouraging Olympic debut in Beijing 2008, finishing 11th in the 100m Breaststroke and helping the 4x100m Medley Relay quartet to fourth. Hip surgery saw her miss the 2009 season but having settled in to a new coaching regime under Rohan Taylor in Melbourne, Kate signalled a return to form at the 2012 Trials, clocking the third fastest 100m Breaststroke time of her career to qualify for the Games.