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Aimee Willmott

After showing promise with two golds, a silver and a bronze at the 2007 European Youth Olympic Festival, Aimee Willmott won her first British Champs medal with 400m Individual Medley bronze in 2009 then went on to win silver in both individual medley events at the European Junior Championships in Prague.

Aimee Willmott Profile

Date of Birth 26th February 1993
Born Middlesbrough
Team/Club Middlesbrough ASC
Coach Lisa Bates
She made the step up to senior international swimming the following season, competing at the 2010 European Championships in Budapest before making finals in both individual medleys and the 800m Freestyle for England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

After finishing her school studies during a quiet 2011, Willmott burst back on to the scene at the 2012 British Gas Swimming Championships in London, clocking an English record to win silver in the 400m Individual Medley and qualify for her debut Olympics.

She finished 11th in the 400m IM at London 2012, competing on the same day as her father Stuart Willmott when he finished 15th in the 400m IM at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Willmott won her first major medal with 800m Freestyle bronze at the 2012 European Short Course Championships then showed her freestyle improvement by adding 400m Freestyle bronze to her 400m Individual Medley silver at the 2013 British Gas Swimming Championships.

She competed at her World Championship debut later in 2013, finishing ninth in the 400m Individual Medley.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 800m Freestyle 8:40.50 2012  
Long Course 200m Butterfly 2:07.97 2014  
Long Course 200m Individual Medley 2:10.60 2014  
Long Course 400m Individual Medley 4:33.64 2014 NR
Short Course 800m Freestyle 8:18.90 2012  
Short Course 200m Individual Medley 2:10.00 2012  
Short Course 400m Individual Medley 4:25.37 2013 NR

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 400m Individual Medley 2012 4:38.87 11th
World Championships 400m Individual Medley 2013 4:38.43 9th
Commonwealth Games 200m Individual Medley 2010 2:15.38 6th
  400m Individual Medley   4:44.87 5th
  800m Freestyle   8:49.31 8th
European Championships 200m Individual Medley 2010 2:15.56 10th
  400m Individual Medley   4:49.50 12th
European Short Course Championships 200m Butterfly 2013 2:07.33 6th
  400m Individual Medley   4:25.37 BRONZE
  4x50m Freestyle Relay   1:40.26 9th
  400m Freestyle 2012 4:01.89 5th
  800m Freestyle   8:18.90 BRONZE
  200m Backstroke   2:11.17 17th
  200m Individual Medley   2:10.00 7th
  400m Individual Medley   4:32.56 4th
  100m Individual Medley 2008 1:05.40 34th
  200m Individual Medley   2:15.87 18th
  400m Individual Medley   4:43.77 17th
European Junior Championships 200m Individual Medley 2009 2:15.89 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:44.81 SILVER
European Youth Olympic Festival 200m Individual Medley 2007 2:19.37 GOLD
  400m Individual Medley   4:50.32 GOLD
  400m Freestyle   4:21.40 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   2:18.92 BRONZE

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 400m Freestyle 2014 4:08.98 SILVER
  200m Breaststroke   2:28.83 4th
  200m Butterfly   2:07.97 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   2:10.60 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:35.94 GOLD
  400m Freestyle 2013 4:09.90 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley   2:14.31 7th
  400m Individual Medley   4:38.95 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley 2012 2:13.52 4th
  400m Individual Medley   4:37.48 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley 2011 2:15.01 4th
  200m Individual Medley 2010 2:14.25 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:41.90 SILVER
  200m Backstroke 2009 2:17.58 7th
  200m Individual Medley   2:16.14 6th
  400m Individual Medley   4:43.33 BRONZE
  400m Freestyle 2008 4:21.04 12th
  100m Backstroke   1:06.36 27th
  200m Backstroke   2:16.74 10th
  200m Individual Medley   2:20.33 11th
  400m Individual Medley   4:55.29 7th
  400m Freestyle 2007 4:21.85 14th
  100m Backstroke   1:06.74 18th
  200m Backstroke   2:19.53 9th
  200m Breaststroke   2:40.07 12th
  200m Individual Medley   2:22.35 11th
  400m Individual Medley   4:53.86 5th
  200m Backstroke 2006 2:22.68 25th
  400m Individual Medley   5:00.26 10th
ASA Championships 400m Individual Medley 2012 4:38.68 GOLD
  400m Freestyle 2010 4:17.33 6th
  400m Freestyle 2008 4:24.43 8th
  200m Individual Medley   2:19.52 BRONZE
  400m Individual Medley   4:50.17 SILVER

In The Pool

Favourite event: 400m IM. Because of the variety in training and If you are behind after the butterfly you can catch up on the other strokes. Different people have different strengths, so you need to swim your own race and pace it and not get distracted on what others are doing.

First senior international meet: I did the European Short Course in Rijeka, Croatia in 2008. I swam ok, but I was nervous and put pressure on myself. Actually, it was where I saw my first world record. I think I was more excited about witnessing that than my swim. I called my mum and told her about the record I’d just seen. She replied ‘how did you swim?’!

Biggest influence on career: Mum and Dad, because they used to take me to training, make sure I eat the right things and pay for everything. I want to do well for them as well as myself.

Role models: I aspire to be like everyone at the top. They’re my role models as they are at the top and that’s where I want to be.

My aspirations are: Ultimate goal is an Olympic medal, hopefully gold in 2016.

Out of The Pool

Tip for the top: Train hard if you want to reach the top, if you don’t, you won’t achieve. Don’t get too nervous before a swim, it’s just another swim!

Life after swimming: I’m not entirely sure what I want to do after my swimming career. I am going to university to do sports science and coaching so we’ll have to see.

Music: Eminem is normally what I like to listen to before a race, but I like most music.

Would most like to meet: Usain Bolt, because he’s the fastest man ever!!

Most prized possession: My pillow, I take it everywhere with me. I struggle to get comfy without it.

 

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