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New Swim England board member Katie will help promote ‘life-shaping sport’

New Swim England board member Katie Walcott-Greenwood is aiming to use her positive experience of swimming to help promote the benefits of this ‘fulfilling and life-shaping sport’.

Banking professional Katie was a former competitive swimmer during her childhood and said she had applied to join the board in a bid to ‘continue to make meaningful change for the better’.

Katie, who is the global head of HR for corporate finance and investment banking at HSBC, said swimming had an impact on all aspects of her life.

She said: “My younger brother and I swam competitively throughout our childhood, through to our late teens and we have incredibly fond memories.

“Reflecting on the discipline, commitment and determination competitive swimming required of us and our parents makes me realise how positively swimming has shaped who I am as an adult, a mum and a professional.

“I have taken for granted how lucky we were to have swimming in our lives, to be confident in the water, to be body-confident and to be part of swimming teams and clubs.

Meaningful change

“It saddens me to think of the young people who do not have awareness or access to this important life skill and fulfilling and life-shaping sport.

“I look forward to partnering with the Swim England Board members and supporting management to continue to make meaningful change for the better.”

Katie, who is married to Adam and is mum to three-year-old son Maximilian, has held a number of different leadership roles during a 10-year career with HSBC after initially qualifying as a chartered accountant with PwC.

When not working or ‘negotiating play, food and sleep with Max’, Katie likes to relax by doing CrossFit workouts – and was pleased to see swimming become embedded in the Crossfit Games.

Katie added: “I am looking forward to working with, and learning from, this wonderful group of like-minded board members and Swim England team members – and to utilising my commercial and business experience and network to support this wonderful sport.”