Kate Haywood – Olympic Blog !

November 12, 2012

My Olympics didn’t quite go the way I had hoped and I didn’t quite achieve my goals so it was a little disappointing. However I did have the best time of my life. It was an awesome experience and I loved every minute of it.

One of the best moments was walking out to my race with 17.500 people shouting for me! It gave me goosebumps and I loved the feeling.

Outside the pool

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Being part of team GB at a home Olympics is one of the proudest moments of my career. Being part of London 2012 was spectacular. I have previously raced the Olympics in Beijing, China but that was nothing compared to this games. We were treated like celebrities, everyone went out of their way to help us. A huge thank you goes out to the volunteers who made the games what they were. They were some of the friendliest and some of the most polite people, it was a privilege having them there making the games extra special for us.

I was finished racing after day 2 of the competition so I then became one of the head cheerers for the rest of the competition. It was great watching and supporting the rest of the team. It was also great to be there and see some of the worlds greatest athletes smash world records and win medals. I think Michael Phelps is an inspiration to everyone, that guy is an awesome athlete and has achieved so much, it was great to watch. It was great to see my teammates Rebecca Adlington and Michael Jamison win medals for team GB, always a proud moment to see the British flag being raised. One of the best swims of the meet for me was seeing Cameron Van Der Burgh from South Africa win the men’s 100m Breaststroke. Cameron is a friend and Iv known him a long time and I was so happy for him.

Caitlin McClatchy, Joanne Jackson and Me

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After the swimming had finished we stayed in the Olympic village till the closing ceremony. We had just over a week before the closing ceremony so I enjoyed watching some of the other sports and enjoying days out in London. London had such a great buzz about it, it was great to see the excitement outside of the village.

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Some of us were very lucky to meet some of the royal family in the village. I’m a huge fan of prince William, prince harry and Kate so I loved being able to meet and talk to them. They were all so down to earth and so friendly. Prince William was telling me how he use to swim when he was younger and how he loved the sport. It was an incredible experience.

When I was here for trials in March I did a photo shoot for the Olympic games which was featured in the

national portrait gallery in London. I went to see it and it looked great.

My picture in the gallery

The closing ceremony was amazing. It was so much fun. The best part was definitely the spice girls performing. When I was younger at school we use to always pretend we were the spice girls, I would be posh spice! I never got the opportunity to watch them live when I was younger so this was a childhood dream come true! The whole evening was spectacular and a great ending to the Olympic games.

The Olympic flame

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After the ceremony team GB had its own celebrations back in the village which was great. It was the first time that everybody had been together as a team.

On my way to the stadium for the closing ceremony

My room mates Amy Smith, Joanne Jackson, Caitlin McClatchy and Me

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With one day to go checkout Kate’s latest blog !

July 26, 2012

After 4 years of training hard and preparing for a home Olympics it’s finally
here.  I am sat in the athletes Olympic village writing this blog. I have the
Olympic park in my view and I can see most of the great facilities where the
athletes will compete over the next couple of weeks. I arrived in the uk on
the 15th of July. I went straight to London where I was meeting the rest of the
team on the 16th. The first thing I did on my arrival was look at my Olympic
kit. I was gutted that I missed the kitting out day back in June so me and
swimmer Ellen Gandy had our own kitting out day in our hotel room! The kit is
great. It fits and looks great.

We came into the Olympic village for 2 days before we headed to Scotland to do our preparation camp. It was great to come into the village when it opened and get to know where everything is while
the village was quiet. All the athletes from all the different sports and
country’s stay in the village, there is a huge dining hall where you can eat
pretty much anything you like! There are shops, salons and cafes. There is
always stuff going on, it’s a great and exciting atmosphere.
We then headed up to Edinburgh for 6 days where we did our prep camp. We trained at the new
university pool up there which was great, the perfect facility for us to prepare. I spent most of that time recovering from my travels so I didn’t get to see much of Edinburgh. I headed into the city on my day off and it looks like a beautiful city, I would love to go back there one day and explore a bit
more!

We then headed back to the village. It’s completely different to when we were here a week ago. The place is buzzing, there is people everywhere! I keep looking out for famous athletes, So far I have seen Serena Williams, Michael phelps and Andy Murrey. I’m sure I will see plenty more over the next
couple of weeks.

I have 3 more days till I race. The pool is dressed with olympic  banners and it looks great! I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be an amazing experience.

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Kate’s last blog before she flys back for London 2012 !

July 5, 2012

At the end of May we travelled to America for 2 weeks to train and compete. We few into LA and stayed about 45mins away in a place called Irvine.  We raced at the Speedo Grand Challenge. Rebecca Soni who has just qualified for the USA Olympic team and Jessica Hardy the current world record holder were at this meet racing in the 100m BR.  My swims were solid but unfortunately I missed out on the top 3 and came 4th behind Rebecca, Jess and Sarah Katsoulis my fellow training partner.

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Whilst we were in Irvine we trained at lots of different pools. One of the days we went to LA to the University of Southern California where Rebecca and Jess train. It was great training with them and seeing how they train.

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We then flew to Santa Clara and raced at the meet there. Usually every year at this meet you get swimmers like Michael Phelps competing but unfortunately because they had their Olympic trials coming up lots of the big USA team members weren’t there. I raced well but again came away with a 4th place.

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America was great fun, we got to do lots of shopping and spend some time at the beach. We went for dinner near Hollywood one night and came across the premier for the film Snow White and the Huntsman so we saw some famous actors!

Training has been going really great the last few weeks. I have noticed big improvements in my training times and my starts and turns are starting to improve. I only have another week of really tough training before I start to do my taper!

I’m writing this blog with 2 weeks to go till I fly back to the UK. Only 4 weeks till I race! I’m getting really excited and I can’t wait to get back to the UK! The rest of the swim team got their Olympic kit this weekend. It all looks amazing and I cannot wait to wear mine!

We meet as a team on the 16th of July and go into the Olympic Village for 2 days. We are then heading up to Edinburgh to do our preparations before heading back into the village a few days before the Olympic Games start!

Bedroom in the Olympic Village where we stay during the London 2012 Games!

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Countdown to Olympics, Calafornia and Training

June 12, 2012

Sent 23rd May just before Kate flew to America – the next instalment will be here soon !

Here is her latest blog from down under !

Its now less than 70 days till my first race at the Olympic games. I’m getting more and more excited each day!

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It so exciting hearing the news about the Olympic touch arriving in the UK. I have been reading the papers and watching on the Internet. Its a shame I’m not in the country to be able to see the torch on its journey around the UK.

Things are going great out here in Australia. Training has been going well. Still working on all the things that I think will make a difference in July to my swims. My starts and turns are the two main things! I have been swimming for over 10 years now and its great that I can still learn new things to help me improve! It’s exciting.

I’m heading to California, America tomorrow with my training group to train and compete for two weeks.  First of all we are racing at the Irvine grand prix. This is where some of the worlds top swimmers train. They have world record holders and Olympics champions. At this meet I will be racing Americas top 2 breastrokers Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy. We are then staying to train with them for a few days which will be a great experience. We then head to Santa Clara where we will be competing in a meet there. The American Olympic trials are in a few weeks so I think there will be some fast swimming. Michael Phelps is swimming at the Santa Clara meet, its always great to watch him race, he is awesome. 

Whilst we are in America we should also get some relaxing time. Hopefully some days at the beach when we aren’t at the pool! And maybe a bit of shopping! We are going to see a baseball game whilst we are there, I have never been to one and I don’t really know much about the game but I’m sure it will be a great atmosphere and fun evening out!

When we return from America I have just over 5 weeks till I fly back for the Olympics. Then just over 7 weeks till I race!

Olympic Torch

June 12, 2012

Olympic Torch

Small Business Sunday Winners Event with Dragons Den Theo Paphitis !

April 1, 2012

On the 7th November 2010 we were lucky enough to be retweeted by Theo Paphitis from Dragons Den!  Each Sunday Theo runs a Small Business Sunday 2.5 hour session where you can tweet him your business and out of all the tweets sent he picks 6 to be retweeted to all his followers.  We were one of the early businesses picked being just number 25!

Our profile on twitter increased because of the retweets and we made some useful contacts at the time too!

Little did we know that this year we would be invited to a SBS Winners Event in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Friday 30th March came and the one morning we needed the alarm to go off! It didn’t! Quick walk with the 3 dogs to tire them out and back to get showered and changed ready for the trip to Birmingham.

When we got there I was so giddy!  Theo’s car was parked outside the stadium, it was gorgeous! Couldn’t resist getting a photo of us with the car!

 

The event was powered by Ryman Stationary and they were very efficient at getting everyone tagged up with name badges.  However as we all know each other from Twitter names most of the time networking was spent looking at peoples chests to see who they were!

I lost my husband for a moment at the event as he was admiring the Edgbaston Stadium as he is a massive fan of cricket!

After mingling and chatting to a few businesses, we had a few sandwiches and a celebratory glass of wine from the bar.

We all then made our way to the event room, where there was Theo’s Twitter feed on screen so we all started tweeting him so we could have out name in lights, little cheers kept being done as each business saw their names pop up there.

Kip from Ryman Stationery took to the stage and gave a great introduction to the event.  Then Theo took to the stage and gave a speech on why he had started Small Business Sunday and how he got started in business.

He then introduced MetalFrog a website design company that had been commissioned to create a SBS Website to help showcase the businesses that have been retweeted – which are over 300! (Chris from MetalFrog was one of the Winners!).

It’s a fantastic website, with tips, help, advice and also an exclusive member’s only area for all the Winners – a job well done by all at MetalFrog!

Theo was really down to earth through the whole presentation, I think that shone through, he certainly has a passion for business and is willing to give a helping hand to help others succeed.

Even though Theo got carried away on talking us through the website, taking our questions and then us giving him feedback on some questions, he stayed so everyone could have a photo with him!

It went alphabetically so we had a bit of a wait, but met some nice people whilst we did.

One of the fabulous winners took this fab photo of us.

It came up to our turn for the photo and I was really impressed when he mentioned that he remembered that we were early doors to the retweeting, I seized my opportunity to ask his favourite swimming stroke, I am always curious to find out from people.  His is Breastroke, I did offer free tuition but I am not sure I’ll get an invite to his private pool to do some!

I am still buzzing from Friday as too are many of the other winners – which of course I have now followed on Twitter!  I think the adrenalin from the event will last quite a while!

Making the London Olympic 2012 Team !

March 27, 2012

London Olympic Trials March 2012

I arrived back in the UK on the 20th February to start my preparation. I went straight to Loughborough where I worked with a coach called Matt Bowe. Matt useD to swim and he was on the Great Britain Team but has now retired and is a coach. I was able to do the taper that my coach Rohan gave me to do. My preparation in Loughborough went really well. I was a bit unlucky and ended up catching a cold but luckily it was just a head cold so it didn’t effect the way I felt to much, I just had a really snotty nose!!!
The Olympic Trials started on the Saturday 3rd of March so we headed down to London the day before. The Olympic site is situated next to a brand new Westfield shopping centre. I was only able to go into the pool but the rest of the Olympic site looked amazing. The pool is right next to the huge athletics stadium which also holds the opening and closing ceremony. The Olympic village where we will stay during the games is walking distance to the pool and also looks amazing. I loved the Olympic pool. I think it’s one of the best competition pools I have been to. When it’s fully packed with 17.500 people the place is going to be buzzing.
Before any completion I usually prepare in the same way. I had dinner out with friends and then spent the rest of the evening chilling watching tv. I raced on the 4/5th of march so day 2 and 3 of the competition. I kept my heat swim really relaxed as my aim was to just easily make it through to the semi final. In the semi final I gave a bit more effort, I knew that I could make the final without having to give it everything I had as I wanted to make sure I wasn’t tired for the final the next day. I did get a little worried when I was touched out in the semis by a girl 5 years younger than myself!

Making the Olympic games has been the most important thing to me over the last few years and I wanted more than anything to be on the team. As I stood behind the block for the final I knew that I could do it and that I could make the team. I knew that if I had a good start, stayed relaxed down the first 50 and had a fast turn then I knew I would be able to finish my second 50 strong and win. When I touched the wall and looked up at the score bored to see that I had won and got the time I was so relieved. I was also very happy. All the work I had done had paid off and I was going to my second Olympic games! I only raced the 100m at trials as the 50 breaststroke isn’t an Olympic event. After my swim I stayed for the rest of the trials and supported my team mates and watched others compete for there spot on the team. 38 swimmers made the Olympic team that week.

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I have now enjoyed a week at home relaxing with my parents. After a competition like that it’s good to have some down time and relax. I started back training this week in Loughborough. We have a camp at the Olympic pool on the 1st of April till the 7th. I then return to Australia on the 7th. The next couple of weeks I will be getting my fitness back up. I will be swimming and doing lots of land work like running/biking/cicrcuits. When I return to Australia I will start my specific breaststroke work. These next few months I will be doing lots of work on my starts and turns and really try and get them better for the Olympics. It’s going to be an exciting few months heading into London Olympics 2012! Image

Making the London Olympic 2012 Team !

March 27, 2012

London Olympic Trials March 2012

I arrived back in the UK on the 20th February to start my preparation. I went straight to Loughborough where I worked with a coach called Matt Bowe. Matt useD to swim and he was on the Great Britain Team but has now retired and is a coach. I was able to do the taper that my coach Rohan gave me to do. My preparation in Loughborough went really well. I was a bit unlucky and ended up catching a cold but luckily it was just a head cold so it didn’t effect the way I felt to much, I just had a really snotty nose!!!
The Olympic Trials started on the Saturday 3rd of March so we headed down to London the day before. The Olympic site is situated next to a brand new Westfield shopping centre. I was only able to go into the pool but the rest of the Olympic site looked amazing. The pool is right next to the huge athletics stadium which also holds the opening and closing ceremony. The Olympic village where we will stay during the games is walking distance to the pool and also looks amazing. I loved the Olympic pool. I think it’s one of the best competition pools I have been to. When it’s fully packed with 17.500 people the place is going to be buzzing.
Before any completion I usually prepare in the same way. I had dinner out with friends and then spent the rest of the evening chilling watching tv. I raced on the 4/5th of march so day 2 and 3 of the competition. I kept my heat swim really relaxed as my aim was to just easily make it through to the semi final. In the semi final I gave a bit more effort, I knew that I could make the final without having to give it everything I had as I wanted to make sure I wasn’t tired for the final the next day. I did get a little worried when I was touched out in the semis by a girl 5 years younger than myself!

Making the Olympic games has been the most important thing to me over the last few years and I wanted more than anything to be on the team. As I stood behind the block for the final I knew that I could do it and that I could make the team. I knew that if I had a good start, stayed relaxed down the first 50 and had a fast turn then I knew I would be able to finish my second 50 strong and win. When I touched the wall and looked up at the score bored to see that I had won and got the time I was so relieved. I was also very happy. All the work I had done had paid off and I was going to my second Olympic games! I only raced the 100m at trials as the 50 breaststroke isn’t an Olympic event. After my swim I stayed for the rest of the trials and supported my team mates and watched others compete for there spot on the team. 38 swimmers made the Olympic team that week.

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I have now enjoyed a week at home relaxing with my parents. After a competition like that it’s good to have some down time and relax. I started back training this week in Loughborough. We have a camp at the Olympic pool on the 1st of April till the 7th. I then return to Australia on the 7th. The next couple of weeks I will be getting my fitness back up. I will be swimming and doing lots of land work like running/biking/cicrcuits. When I return to Australia I will start my specific breaststroke work. These next few months I will be doing lots of work on my starts and turns and really try and get them better for the Olympics. It’s going to be an exciting few months heading into London! Image

Making the London Olympic 2012 Team !

March 27, 2012

London Olympic Trials March 2012

I arrived back in the UK on the 20th February to start my preparation. I went straight to Loughborough where I worked with a coach called Matt Bowe. Matt useD to swim and he was on the Great Britain Team but has now retired and is a coach. I was able to do the taper that my coach Rohan gave me to do. My preparation in Loughborough went really well. I was a bit unlucky and ended up catching a cold but luckily it was just a head cold so it didn’t effect the way I felt to much, I just had a really snotty nose!!!
The Olympic Trials started on the Saturday 3rd of March so we headed down to London the day before. The Olympic site is situated next to a brand new Westfield shopping centre. I was only able to go into the pool but the rest of the Olympic site looked amazing. The pool is right next to the huge athletics stadium which also holds the opening and closing ceremony. The Olympic village where we will stay during the games is walking distance to the pool and also looks amazing. I loved the Olympic pool. I think it’s one of the best competition pools I have been to. When it’s fully packed with 17.500 people the place is going to be buzzing.
Before any completion I usually prepare in the same way. I had dinner out with friends and then spent the rest of the evening chilling watching tv. I raced on the 4/5th of march so day 2 and 3 of the competition. I kept my heat swim really relaxed as my aim was to just easily make it through to the semi final. In the semi final I gave a bit more effort, I knew that I could make the final without having to give it everything I had as I wanted to make sure I wasn’t tired for the final the next day. I did get a little worried when I was touched out in the semis by a girl 5 years younger than myself!

Making the Olympic games has been the most important thing to me over the last few years and I wanted more than anything to be on the team. As I stood behind the block for the final I knew that I could do it and that I could make the team. I knew that if I had a good start, stayed relaxed down the first 50 and had a fast turn then I knew I would be able to finish my second 50 strong and win. When I touched the wall and looked up at the score bored to see that I had won and got the time I was so relieved. I was also very happy. All the work I had done had paid off and I was going to my second Olympic games! I only raced the 100m at trials as the 50 breaststroke isn’t an Olympic event. After my swim I stayed for the rest of the trials and supported my team mates and watched others compete for there spot on the team. 38 swimmers made the Olympic team that week.

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I have now enjoyed a week at home relaxing with my parents. After a competition like that it’s good to have some down time and relax. I started back training this week in Loughborough. We have a camp at the Olympic pool on the 1st of April till the 7th. I then return to Australia on the 7th. The next couple of weeks I will be getting my fitness back up. I will be swimming and doing lots of land work like running/biking/cicrcuits. When I return to Australia I will start my specific breaststroke work. These next few months I will be doing lots of work on my starts and turns and really try and get them better for the Olympics. It’s going to be an exciting few months heading into London! ImageImage

Making the London Olympic 2012 Team !

March 27, 2012

London Olympic Trials March 2012

I arrived back in the UK on the 20th February to start my preparation. I went straight to Loughborough where I worked with a coach called Matt Bowe. Matt useD to swim and he was on the Great Britain Team but has now retired and is a coach. I was able to do the taper that my coach Rohan gave me to do. My preparation in Loughborough went really well. I was a bit unlucky and ended up catching a cold but luckily it was just a head cold so it didn’t effect the way I felt to much, I just had a really snotty nose!!!
The Olympic Trials started on the Saturday 3rd of March so we headed down to London the day before. The Olympic site is situated next to a brand new Westfield shopping centre. I was only able to go into the pool but the rest of the Olympic site looked amazing. The pool is right next to the huge athletics stadium which also holds the opening and closing ceremony. The Olympic village where we will stay during the games is walking distance to the pool and also looks amazing. I loved the Olympic pool. I think it’s one of the best competition pools I have been to. When it’s fully packed with 17.500 people the place is going to be buzzing.
Before any completion I usually prepare in the same way. I had dinner out with friends and then spent the rest of the evening chilling watching tv. I raced on the 4/5th of march so day 2 and 3 of the competition. I kept my heat swim really relaxed as my aim was to just easily make it through to the semi final. In the semi final I gave a bit more effort, I knew that I could make the final without having to give it everything I had as I wanted to make sure I wasn’t tired for the final the next day. I did get a little worried when I was touched out in the semis by a girl 5 years younger than myself!

Making the Olympic games has been the most important thing to me over the last few years and I wanted more than anything to be on the team. As I stood behind the block for the final I knew that I could do it and that I could make the team. I knew that if I had a good start, stayed relaxed down the first 50 and had a fast turn then I knew I would be able to finish my second 50 strong and win. When I touched the wall and looked up at the score bored to see that I had won and got the time I was so relieved. I was also very happy. All the work I had done had paid off and I was going to my second Olympic games! I only raced the 100m at trials as the 50 breaststroke isn’t an Olympic event. After my swim I stayed for the rest of the trials and supported my team mates and watched others compete for there spot on the team. 38 swimmers made the Olympic team that week.

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I have now enjoyed a week at home relaxing with my parents. After a competition like that it’s good to have some down time and relax. I started back training this week in Loughborough. We have a camp at the Olympic pool on the 1st of April till the 7th. I then return to Australia on the 7th. The next couple of weeks I will be getting my fitness back up. I will be swimming and doing lots of land work like running/biking/cicrcuits. When I return to Australia I will start my specific breaststroke work. These next few months I will be doing lots of work on my starts and turns and really try and get them better for the Olympics. It’s going to be an exciting few months heading into London!


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