After dominating the junior scene between 2006 and 2007, Lizzie Simmonds was championed as a future world-beater and made her Olympic debut as a 17-year old at Beijing 2008, reaching the 200m Backstroke final and finishing sixth.
Lizzie Simmonds Profile
|Date of Birth||22nd January 1991|
|Team/Club||British Gas GBR National Performance Centre, Bath|
|Coach||Dave McNulty / Graeme Antwhistle|
She continued to underline her class in 2011, reaching the final and finishing seventh in both the 100m and 200m Backstroke at her third World Championships in Shanghai.
Simmonds lifted the British 200m Backstroke title for the fifth time in her career at the British Gas Swimming Championships 2012 in London, sealing her place at her second Olympic Games in the process.
She was the second-best British female performer in the pool at London 2012, finishing fourth in the 200m Backstroke – missing out on bronze by 0.71 seconds.
|Long Course 50m Backstroke||28.58||2010|
|Long Course 100m Backstroke||59.43||2010|
|Long Course 200m Backstroke||2:06.79||2010|
|Short Course 50m Backstroke||26.45||2013||BR|
|Short Course 100m Backstroke||56.49||2013||BR|
|Short Course 200m Backstroke||2:00.83||2011||ER|
|Olympic Games||200m Backstroke||2012||2:07.26||4th|
|World Championships||100m Backstroke||2011||59.89||7th|
|European Championships||100m Backstroke||2010||1:00.19||SILVER|
|4x100m Medley Relay||2008||3:59.33||GOLD|
|Commonwealth Games||100m Backstroke||2010||1:01.42||10th|
|World Short Course Championships||50m Backstroke||2012||27.28||11th|
|4x100m Freestyle Relay||3:38.23||8th|
|200m Individual Medley||2:09.24||5th|
|4x100m Medley Relay||3:53.02||BRONZE|
|European Short Course Championships||50m Backstroke||2008||26.88||5th|
|4x50m Freestyle Relay||1:40.87||8th|
|4x50m Medley Relay||1:50.58||12th|
|4x50m Medley Relay||1:48.26||BRONZE|
|European Junior Championships||50m Backstroke||2007||29.24||SILVER|
|200m Individual Medley||2:14.44||GOLD|
|4x100m Medley Relay||4:09.29||GOLD|
|European Youth Olympic Festival||100m Backstroke||2005||1.02.73||GOLD|
|200m Individual Medley||2.18.72||GOLD|
|4x100m Freestyle Relay||2.14.08||GOLD|
|4x100m Medley Relay||4.18.88||GOLD|
|British Championships||200m Freestyle||2014||2:01.66||12th|
|200m Individual Medley||2.18.72||SILVER|
|200m Individual Medley||2:20.94||8th|
In the Pool
Greatest achievement to date: Can I have two? European Junior Championships 2007 and the Japan International Meet 2007. At the EJC, on the final day of the competition, I won 3 gold medals, 100m Backstroke, 200m I.M and as part of the medley relay team. Unfortunately, I couldn’t collect my first two medals though as I had to prepare for my next event. Japan was great because I smashed my PB for the 200mBackstroke against a world class field.
Aspiration: To win Olympic gold at some point, and simply enjoy my swimming career.
Who has been greatest influence on you: Family, friends and coaches. I have a really good support group around me.
Out of the Pool
One thing you can’t live without: Laptop. It use to be my mobile!
Tip for the top: Believe in yourself and enjoy.
Life after swimming? Maybe university. It is difficult to think beyond swimming as it is happening now and I am really focused on that.
Band/Music: A bit of everything, nothing specific