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Ellie Faulkner

After winning 400m Freestyle bronze at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010, Ellie Faulkner quickly blossomed into one of Great Britain’s top senior swimmers, winning her first British medal with 1500m Freestyle silver in 2011.

Ellie Faulkner Profile

Date of Birth 5th January 1993
Born Sheffield
Team/Club City of Sheffield
Coach Russ Barber
She impressed with World Cup medals and a European final appearance in the 2011 winter short course season, then was one of the surprise packages of the 2012 British Champs, winning bronze over 200m and 400m Freestyle and silver over 800m Free to book a spot at London 2012.

Faulkner sealed her first British title the following season, landing 200m Freestyle gold as well as a pair of silvers over 400m and 800m Free to qualify for her first World Championships in Barcelona where her best finish was 17th in the 400m Free.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 200m Freestyle 1:58.39 2012  
Long Course 400m Freestyle 4:07.25 2012  
Long Course 800m Freestyle 8:25.36 2013  
Short Course 200m Freestyle 1:58.69 2012  
Short Course 400m Freestyle 4:04.13 2011  
Short Course 800m Freestyle 8:20.91 2011  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 800m Freestyle 2012 8:38.00 22nd
World Championships 200m Freestyle 2013 2:00.56 25th
  400m Freestyle   4:13.18 17th
World Short Course Championships 200m Freestyle 2012 1:58.69 22nd
  400m Freestyle   4:07.72 16th
  800m Freestyle   8:22.96 7th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:38.23 8th
European Short Course Championships 100m Freestyle 2011 55.74 36th
  200m Freestyle   1:59.55 27th
  400m Freestyle   4:07.18 17th
  800m Freestyle   8:20.91 5th
  200m Freestyle 2009 2:01.92 34th
  400m Freestyle   4:18.41 33rd
European Junior Championships 200m Freestyle 2009 2:01.56 5th
  1500m Freestyle   17:01.91 9th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   8:08.31 GOLD
 Youth Olympic Games 100m Freestyle 2010 58.71 20th
  200m Freestyle   2:04.44 9th
  400m Freestyle   4:14.31 BRONZE
  100m Butterfly   1:05.78 27th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 200m Freestyle 2014 1:58.82 BRONZE
  400m Freestyle   4:09.69 BRONZE
  800m Freestyle   8:32.99 SILVER
  200m Freestyle 2013 1:58.42 GOLD
  400m Freestyle   4:09.07 SILVER
  800m Freestyle   8:25.36 SILVER
  200m Freestyle 2012 1:57.65 BRONZE
  400m Freestyle   4:07.25 BRONZE
  800m Freestyle   8:27.11 SILVER
  200m Freestyle 2011 2:02.81 13th
  400m Freestye   4:10.34 6th
  800m Freestyle   8:31.95 4th
  1500m Freestyle   16:15.29 SILVER
  200m Freestyle 2010 2:03.25 18th
  400m Freestyle   4:13.44 5th
  800m Freestyle   8:48.00 8th
  200m Freestyle 2009 2:04.09 19th
  400m Freestyle   4:21.36 20th
  800m Freestyle   8:57.18 17th
  200m Freestyle 2008 2:05.42 32nd
  400m Freestyle   4:21.58 20th
  800m Freestyle   9:00.20 17th
  100m Freestyle 2007 1:01.40 51st
  200m Freestyle   2:10.57 48th
  400m Freestyle   4:31.73 46th
  800m Freestyle   9:20.73 37th
  200m Freestyle 2006 2:14.02 33rd


Favourite event: 200/400/800 freestyle

Finest ever performance: My 800m Freestyle at the British Olympic Trials, March 2012

Role models: Becky Adlington

My aspirations are: To make the team for Rio 2016 and give my best performance 


If I wasn’t a swimmer I would be: Lost, I wouldn't know what I would be doing, I've only ever been a swimmer. I would like to think I would have a job closer to finishing my university degree.

Tip for the top: Winning isn't everything, but striving to win is.

Life after swimming: I would really like to work with young children and the sporting side probably helping them to swim.

Would most like to meet: I really want to meet the Script. I love them!

Most prized possession: My most prized possession would be the mulberry handbag my mum promised she would buy me when I made the London 2012 Olympic Games

Biggest influence on career: The people that make the biggest influence are my family, friends, coaches and staff at training and of course the rest of the squad #TeamSteel


Sports: I'm not really any good at any other sport other than swimming........

Band/music: The Script, Taylor Swift and anything which I like that comes out into the charts

​Food: A good steak and chips

​Hobbies: Swimming, reading, shopping and Watching TV.


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