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Fran Leighton

Welcome to Fran Leighton’s profile page.

Personal Data

Date Of Birth: 30th March 1982

Born: Rotherham

Team/Club: City of Sheffield / Rotherham Metro

Position: Centre forward

Coach: Szilveszter Fekete / Norman Leighton

Joined senior squad: 1998

International Competitions

Competition Location Year Medal/Position
Olympic Games London 2012 8th
European Championships Eindhoven (NED)   7th
VISA International London   4th
European B Nations Trophy Manchester (GBR) 2009 GOLD
European Championship Qualifiers Hamburg (GER) 2008 3rd

In the Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Commonwealth Bronze medal & GB senior womens captain for about eight years

Who has been greatest influence on you: My family, especially my dad and my brother.

When did you start playing water polo: A long time ago!!!!

Out of the Pool

Studies/Work: Manchester City Council school swimming teacher and a degree in management & marketing

Other sports: I enjoy playing netball, horse riding  and watching all sports on tv

Ultimate relaxation: Sleeping in the sunshine

One thing you can’t live without: My diary and iphone!

Tip for the top: You have gotta work hard but have a laugh on the way

Life after water polo: Travelling and spending time with family and friends


Films: Usual Suspects, (the original) Pride & Prejudice & Crash

Band/Music: Adele, Florence & the Machine & anything you can dance to

Food: Roast lamb & any pie made by Miss Bowen

Drink: Tea & Fanta lemon

Hobbies: Sleeping, Eating & Reading (so exciting!)

Sports team: Man Utd , Carlisle Utd & Gloucester Rugby Club

Sportsperson: David Beckham & Gergely Kiss

Most prized possession: My laptop because it has all my photographs on it


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