Kate Haywood

Kate Emma Haywood (born 1 April 1987) is an English former elite swimmer who competed for Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA world championships, and European championships, and represented England in the Commonwealth Games. She competed predominantly as a breaststroke swimmer. She was the youngest swimmer to represent England in the Commonwealth Games when she qualified for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where she won a bronze medal in the 4×100-metre medley relay. She retired from competitive swimming following the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1]

Kate Haywood
Personal information
Full nameKate Emma Haywood
National team Great Britain
Born (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 33)
Grimsby, England
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
College teamLoughborough University

Career summaryEdit

Despite missing out on qualification for the British swim squad at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Haywood qualified for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, where she won a silver medal in the 4×100-metre medley relay.

She won a joint silver medal (with Sarah Katoulis of Australia) in the 50-metre breaststroke at the 2008 World Short Course Championships. She competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, finishing in 4th place in the British 4×100-metre medley relay team, and reaching the semi-finals in the 100-metre breaststroke. She was forced to miss the 2009 Swimming World Championships in Rome due to a hip injury.[2]

Haywood won the bronze medal in the 50- and 100-metre breaststroke at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

After retirement from swimming, Kate has set up a successful personal training business called Straightline Fitness. She consults to people and businesses, helping them achieve their fitness goals.

Personal lifeEdit

She won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award in 2003.

From 2010, Haywood lived and trained in Melbourne, Australia, under the guidance of Rohan Taylor.

Her great grandfather is Warneford Cresswell, former Everton and England footballer.[3]

Personal bests and records heldEdit

Event Long course Short course
50 m breaststroke 31.24 (2010) 30.93 (2005)
100 m breaststroke 1:07.56 (2008) NR 1:05.95 (2008) NR
200 m breaststroke 2.32.40 (2005) 2.31.43 (2003)
Record Key NR:British


  1. ^ Haywood on her retirement
  2. ^ "I'll not hurry back, vows battling Kate". Grimsby Telegraph. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2009.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Haywood gatecrashes the Games". BBC Sport. 5 June 2002. Retrieved 14 October 2008.

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