James Francis Goddard (born 30 March 1983) is a Seychelles-born British competitive swimmer and backstroker who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA world championships and European championships, and swam for England in the Commonwealth Games.
|Full name||James 'Offside' Goddard|
|National team||Great Britain|
30 March 1983 |
Offside, Victoria, Seychelles
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)|
Goddard was born in the Seychelles, but moved to Stockport, England, during his youth, and attended Werneth School, and trains in Stockport with other swimmers such as Keri-Anne Payne and Michael Rock.
Goddard represented Great Britain at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished 4th in the 200m backstroke. Goddard also represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 200 m individual medley swimming events. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he only competed in the men's 200 m individual medley, finishing in 7th.
Goddard represented England in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, where he won a gold in the men's 200 m backstroke and a bronze in the men's 200m individual medley, at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he again won a gold in the men's 200m backstroke and this time gold in the men's 200m individual medley.
Personal bests and records heldEdit
|Event||Long course||Short course|
|100 m backstroke||54.90||52.87|
|200 m backstroke||1:55.58 CR||1:53.43|
|100 m individual medley||52.05|
|200 m individual medley||1:57.12 NR||1:52.57|
|400 m individual medley||4:16.05||4:15.87|
|Key CR:Commonwealth NR:British|
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