Kate Haywood - Head Personal Trainer
For over a decade Kate was one of the worlds leading Breaststroke swimmers, attending 2 Olympic Games, 6 World Championships and 3 Commonwealth Games, winning many medals along the way.
Kate announced herself to the swimming world in 2002 by winning the European Junior Swimming Championships and then followed this success by going on to be the youngest ever swimmer to represent England at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. She returned from the Games with a Bronze Medal in the 4x100 Medley Relay.
In 2003 she became the first ever British swimmer to win back-to-back titles at the European Juniors, which lead to her winning the prestigious BBC Young Sport Personality of the Year award in December 2003. A set back with tonsillitis in 2004 meant Kate was unable to compete at the Athens Olympics.
At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne Kate was an individual finalist in the 50 & 100m Breaststroke, and won a Silver medal in 4x100 Medley Relay.
Kate realised her life long dream to compete at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, and went on to place a frustrating 4th place in the Medley Relay and 11th in the 100m Breaststroke. Also in 2008 Kate won a silver and a bronze medal in Manchester at the World Short Course Championships. In March of 2008, Kate was part of the gold medal winning team in the 4x100 Medley that became European Champions and record holders.
Kate was forced to sit out the 2009 season with a hip injury (Labral Tear) for which she under went surgery in September of that year. After 5 weeks on crutches she began the long road back to fitness, with intensive physio and rehab, by January 2010 Kate was back in the water and began to build up her swimming once again. In March she took part in the British Champs, and ahead of schedule she qualified for the European Championships in August.
Having spent the summer regaining her fitness Kate arrived at the Europeans in good shape but had only resumed 75% of her Breaststroke training a few weeks earlier. She exceeded expectation by winning a Silver medal in the 50m Breaststroke in a personal best time, and helped the 4x100m Medley Relay team to the Gold on the final day of competition.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Kate capped an amazing comeback year by winning two Bronze and a Silver medal, in the 50 and 100m Breaststroke and 4x100 Medley Relay.
After reloacting to Melbourne in 2011, to train under the guidance of an Austrlain coach, in March 2012, Kate achieved her long-term goal of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic games, she competed at the London Games on the 29th August 2012 in the 100m Breaststroke.
Since the London games Kate has retired from swimming and turned her attentions to helping others achieve their fitness goals through Straightline Fitness, which offers personal training, boot camps and health and fitness advice.