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Sophie Taylor

Sophie Taylor showed her international potential as a 14-year old, clocking a personal best to claim 100m Breaststroke bronze at the 2010 Berlin International Swim Meet.

Sophie Taylor Profile

Date of Birth 2nd February 1996
Born Harrogate
Team/Club City of Leeds
Coach Richard Denigan
Two seasons later, Taylor made her senior domestic breakthrough, reaching her first British final and ducking under 1:10 for the first time to finish fourth in the 100m Breaststroke at the 2012 British Gas Swimming Championships in London.

A call up to her first European Junior Championships quickly followed and she won two medals in Antwerp – 50m Breaststroke silver and 200m Breaststroke bronze.

After winning bronze across all three breaststroke distances at the 2013 British Gas Swimming Championships, Taylor was one of the stars of the GB team at the World Junior Championships in Dubai, winning 100m Breaststroke and 4x100m Medley Relay silvers as well as bronze in the 50m Breast.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 50m Breaststroke 30.98 2014  
Long Course 100m Breaststroke 1:07.08 2014 BR
Long Course 200m Breaststroke 2:24.46 2014 NR
Short Course 50m Breaststroke 31.27 2013  
Short Course 100m Breaststroke 1:07.06 2013  
Short Course 200m Breaststroke 2:27.19 2013  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
World Junior Championships 50m Breaststroke 2013 31.38 BRONZE
  100m Breaststroke   1:07.36 SILVER
  4x100m Medley Relay   4:05.43 SILVER
European Junior Championships 50m Breaststroke 2012 31.76 SILVER
  100m Breaststroke   1:10.45 6th
  200m Breaststroke   2:29.55 BRONZE
  4x100m Medley Relay   4:08.40 SILVER

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 50m Breaststroke 2014 30.98 GOLD
  100m Breaststroke   1:07.08 GOLD
  200m Breaststroke   2:24.46 GOLD
  50m Breaststroke 2013 31.87 BRONZE
  100m Breaststroke   1:08.12 BRONZE
  200m Breaststroke   2:28.82 BRONZE
  100m Breaststroke 2012 1:09.76 4th
  200m Breaststroke   2:32.16 9th
  100m Breaststroke 2011 1:12.61 15th
  200m Breaststroke   2:39.55 23rd
  100m Breaststroke 2010 1:14.00 25th
  200m Breaststroke   2:42.10 31st
  100m Breaststroke 2009 1:16.32 36th
  200m Breaststroke   2:43.40 33rd

In the Pool

Favourite event: 100m Breaststroke.

Finest ever performance: Winning silver and breaking the British Senior record for the first time in 100 Breaststroke in Dubai.

Role models: Michael Phelps, Rebecca Soni, Ruta Melutyte.

My aspirations are: To qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Out of the Pool

If I wasn’t a swimmer I would be: A basketball player.

Life after swimming: I'd like to become a paediatric nurse.

Would most like to meet: Avicii.

Most prized possession: All of my international medals.

Biggest influence on career: My grandad.


Sports: Swimming and basketball.

Band/music: Avicii or anything dance.

Food: Pizza.

Hobbies: Shopping, hanging around with my friends, eating and sleeping!


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