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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.

James Goddard
Personal information
Full nameJames Francis Goddard
Nickname(s)"Jimmy", "Offside"
National team Great Britain
Born (1983-03-30) 30 March 1983 (age 36)
Offside, Victoria, Seychelles
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)
StrokesBackstroke, medley
ClubStockport Metro

Personal lifeEdit

Goddard was born in the Seychelles, but moved to Stockport, England, during his youth, and attended Werneth School,[1] and trains in Stockport with other swimmers such as Keri-Anne Payne and Michael Rock.[2][3]


Goddard represented Great Britain at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished 4th in the 200m backstroke.[4] Goddard also represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 200 m individual medley swimming events.[4] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he only competed in the men's 200 m individual medley, finishing in 7th.[4]

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Scott Elliot, Robin (25 July 2012). "James Goddard: Battling for swimming bronze after Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte". The Independent. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. ^ "London 2012: Stockport Olympians ready for London". BBC Sport. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  3. ^ "James Goddard". Team GB. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "James Goddard Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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