Posts Tagged ‘Kate Haywood’

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!


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!


New Year, Wild Koala’s, Victoria Championships and Australia Day – Exciting start to the year !

February 9, 2012

This month has been a very busy one, The month flew by and I can’t believe we are already in February!

My family, My mum, dad, brother and his girlfriend arrived on the 30th December just before the New Year. We also had my dads cousin who live in Perth come over for the New Year celebrations too. We brought in the New Year by having an Italian meal down Lygon Street, this is the street that makes me feel like I am in Italy. We then brought in the New Year by watching the fireworks over Melbourne. It was an amazing night and a great way to bring in 2012!

Whilst my family were here we did a lot of sight seeing. Kevin my boyfriend and me turned into tour guides for a couple of weeks!

One weekend we spent it on the Great Ocean road. Basically it’s a long road which runs along the coast of Victoria. It’s absolutely stunning to drive along with amazing views of the ocean.

Whilst we were driving along the great ocean road we were very lucky to see wild koala bears. Its not very common to see them in the wild anymore so it was incredible to the see them in there natural habitat! We got so close to one of them that you could touch it if you wanted to!

I had to make sure that whilst I had my family here I still made all of my training sessions. Even though some days I didn’t get the rest I needed I still gave 100% in all my sessions. As you all know this year is the BIG year for me.

Training is going really well. We have started our next phase of training now. We have done all the specific work now and that is all in the bank. We are now training to swim fast so this means lots of speed work and training at the speed and rates that we want to race at.

I raced at the Victoria swimming State championships. I swam really well. I was really pleased with my swims, the times I did were 1.08.8 for the 100m and a 31.5 for the 50m so quick times for out of season. Looks good for when I rest and taper in a few weeks for the trials.

It was Australia Day last week. This is a bank holiday where they celebrate being Australian! Kevin my boyfriend did an Ocean swim down at the local beach. He won the open 1400m race and then he swam with some of the boys I train with Ashley Delaney, Travis Mahoney, Jeremy Saunders and Michael Klim in a celebrity relay. Michael, He is a legend in the sport. He retired back in 2007 but has come back to try and make the Olympics this year. He is an awesome guy to train with. He helps organise the event with his company MILK. It was a great day and they helped raise money for charity too. Kevin and Me made the local paper too, which was pretty cool!


Kate’s April update

April 27, 2011

This month started off with celebrating my 24th birthday on the 1 April. I got a new bike from my boyfriend, which is awesome – I am now able to bike all over Melbourne! I also got treated to a lovely birthday lunch with friends.

I travelled to Sydney on the 6 April to compete at the Australian world trials. The trials were held at the 2000 Olympic games pool. I just went to race the 50m breaststroke, as I wasn’t allowed to swim the 100m. As I am English I am not allowed to swim the events that they select for worlds. Unfortunately I was still feeling under the weather, with a cold and as a result wasn’t feeling my best although I still raced and swam ok, coming 5th overall and .6 of a second off my personal best time.

My boyfriend joined me in Sydney after the racing had finished and we went sight seeing. I have only ever been to Sydney to race, so it was awesome to go and see the sights. Sydney’s harbour, with the famous Harbour Bridge and the iconic opera house, is stunning!

We went to visit two beautiful beaches: Bondi beach and Manly beach. Bondi beach is famous for its surfing, unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to try it out!

We went to the botanical gardens in the centre of Sydney, and saw lots of really scary looking spiders that I didn’t like! There were also fruit bats; I think I have mentioned this in my blog before about the bats that fly over at dusk everyday here in Melbourne. We were able to see the bats up close; I can see why they are called the flying foxes, as their heads are brown and fury just like a fox!

On the Sunday afternoon we watched a triathlon which was down at the opera house and in the city. Some of Team GB’s best Triathletes were racing, so we supported them. They all did really well. Triathlon looks so hard, Swim, bike then run. Think I’ll stick to just the swim!

Just before I go, let me wish you all a Happy Easter. I hope you all have a great one and the Easter bunny brings you lots of chocolate eggs! I will be missing the English chocolate this Easter!


Kate Haywood returns to the UK (but not for long!)

March 24, 2011

I returned to the UK at the end of Feb. I had that long 24-hour trip back to the UK on my own, which was quite scary! I’m not a massive fan of flying, so I was a bit worried about going all that way on my own.  When I landed in the UK I had my brother and my dad waiting to pick me up. I spent the evening with my family catching up, as I hadn’t seen them since the beginning of December.

The next day I travelled up to Loughborough to start my preparation for the 2011 British World Championship trials, I had just less than a week before I competed. I was feeling slightly jet lagged and a little bit under the weather.

Unfortunately within a couple of days of being back I ended up with a cold and conjunctivitis! I knew that this was the last thing I needed before I had to compete in a few days time.

The trials were up in Manchester this year at the Commonwealth Games 2002 pool – I was only 15 when I competed there at my first Commonwealth Games!

My first race was on the Sunday morning. I was just getting over my cold and feeling ok. I raced the heat of the 100m breaststroke well and qualified first through to the semi finals that evening. In the evening the semi also went well qualifying me first through to the final the next night.

After my semi I didn’t feel to well again. I couldn’t eat my dinner, which for me is very odd! I always eat my dinner! I had a good nights sleep and in the morning headed down to the pool to loosen off. My body felt pretty tired and ached but I just tried to ignore that and carry on concentrating on the final, which I had that evening. Unfortunately things didn’t go to well that evening and I didn’t make the qualifying for the Swimming World Championships! I was very upset, as I know that I am capable of going so much better than I did.

Moving to Australia was to help me improve my swimming for Olympics 2012. I have turned my whole life upside down. I am learning and doing lots of new things in my training. All of this with the combination of being ill is probably why things didn’t work out at the trials. For me next year is the most important thing right now. Not making Swimming World Championships means that I can get an early start on my preparations for next year, and be better than I have ever been. Onwards and upwards is my motto!

I got to spend a week with my family before flying back to Australia. It was great to see everyone and spend some time with them. One of my brothers took the week off work so we got to hang out.  My mum also treated me to a new hairstyle for my birthday, which is actually next week (April fools day!!!).

I also attended a Splish Splosh Swimming School’s swim clinic at The Mount School in York. It was great to see all the Splish Splosh team, and the swim school went great. I did a great questions and answers session with the Splish Splosh students and their parents. I told them all about my swimming career and hopefully inspired them with my achievements. I then showed them my breaststroke swimming in the pool before they all jumped in to swim with me! I did a few races with them and gave them some of my swimming top tips!

I am now back in Melbourne and back training. My training group are preparing for their world trials that start next week. I will be joining them in Sydney at the end of the meet to race the 50m breaststroke, which I am really looking forward to. Going to do some sight seeing whist I’m there too!

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Comic Relief with Splish Splosh

March 11, 2011

Here at Splish Splosh we are getting more than just a little excited; firstly Comic Relief will soon be upon us, and as a charitable organisation we are keen to do our bit in supporting Comic Relief and the various good causes it benefits.

As a result we have approached all kinds of top athletes to provide us with pieces of kit for us to auction off via our Twitter site (that now boasts 426 followers!). The top athletes providing signed kit include: Rebecca Adlington; Katherine Wyld; Sasha-Faye Matthews; Jessica Sylvester; GB coach, Bill Furniss and not forgetting our ambassador, Kate Haywood.

So if you would like to support us and get yourself a top piece of swimming attire, whilst helping a good cause, then keep an eye on both our Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, although we will update the blog with further information. (Have a look at the images of the signed goodies below!)

The second piece of news that has the office in a buzz is that we will very soon be offering lessons from DW Sports Fitness in Hull. As many of you may remember we began our adventure with Britain’s top health club last year in Trafford, Cambridge, Telford and Middlesbrough (introducing swim clinics with our ambassador Kate Haywood at the Cambridge and Telford sites to great effect).

Due to their popularity we are extending our relationship with DW Sports Fitness and providing lessons from their site in Hull on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s.

If you are in the Hull area and fancy joining the Splish Splosh family, then you can call us on 0844 2641102 or if you are still undecided why not check out our website at to find out more.

Kate Haywood and Andy Murray!

February 24, 2011

This month I have been really busy doing my swim teaching. I have to complete 20 hours as part of my course which has been really good fun. I have had the opportunity to work with children as young as two all the way up to fifteen!

I really enjoy working with the younger ones and helping them learn the first stages of how to swim. It’s great to see how much they enjoy it and how keen they are to learn, it’s really rewarding for me too! I spent all weekend doing the course, so that involved learning all the techniques and survival skills. Even though I have been swimming for years there was still lots of new things for me to learn! I just need to complete my hours, do my online test and take a 30mins lesson and then hopefully I will pass and become a swim teacher!

I have also been working really hard in the pool getting ready for the World Championship trials.

On Saturday I will be doing the long trip back to the UK! A nice long 24-hour flight to look forward to! I will be returning to my home club, Loughborough University, where I will join my old training group to start my preparation for the trials! I am looking forward to catching up with all my swimming friends! The trials this year are in Manchester at the Aquatic Centre, where they held the 2002 Commonwealth Games! They start on the March 5 and I will be racing the 6/7 March in the 100m BR. You can still get tickets to come and support at

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to race at the NSW (Sydney) swimming championships. I will be going up to Sydney in April instead to race the 50m BR at there World trials which is in the Sydney 2000 Olympic pool, so I am really looking forward to that! I have not seen much of Sydney so it will also be a great opportunity to explore the city.

I was really lucky to be able to attend the Australian Open Tennis Tournament at the Rod Lavor Arena, an event I have competed at in 2007 but has the ability to be transformed to host a major tennis tournament. An old friend who I use to compete against (Mirna Jukic) has a boyfriend that is an Austrian tennis player (Jurgen Melzer) who played Britain’s Andy Murray! I went to support three of his games during the tournament. Unfortunately he got knocked out in the 4th round against Andy, who up until that point I had never seen playing tennis. He was awesome that day and was fantastic to watch.

I am looking forward to coming back to the UK and seeing my family and friends. I am only back for a two weeks so it’s a short visit. I am also looking forward to visiting York for one of the Splish Splosh Swimming School’s swim clinics on March 12! I hope to see lots of you there and I hope you all have some really good questions for me!

Hopefully I will see some of you up in Manchester supporting me in my quest to make the World Championships.

See you all soon,


New year, new focus (from Kate Haywood)

February 1, 2011

Firstly Happy New Year to everybody! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year. I have to admit that it didn’t feel like Christmas over here in Australia but I still had a great time. We spent Christmas with the Gandy family, which was really nice. We went for a walk on St Kilda beach with Kingston the dog on Christmas morning and in the afternoon we had a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, then spent the rest of the day eating cheese and biscuits (and chocolate!). I think we then spent the next two days after Christmas just eating!

On New Year’s Eve we spent the day sun bathing on Brighton beach, it was a scorching 40 degrees! In the evening we celebrated the New Year by going into Melbourne city centre to watch the fireworks, which were amazing. Thousands of people turned up to watch, and the fireworks were set of from all the tall buildings in the city.

Training has been going well so far this year; I am now training with Leisel Jones and Sarah Katsoulis. I race against them both in major competitions so I know them pretty well already.

I have been working really hard on some of the new techniques that Rohan (my new coach) has given me. I am really weak on my arm pull, because my elbows drop on my pull through and this causes a lot of resistance – not good!

I am also working on my head position, I need to drop it more as it’s causing resistance against the water. It’s interesting to see how Leisel and Sarah train, I am so far behind them on some things, but they have been doing them for years, I am sure I will catch them up though. It shows me what I really need to improve on and how I can swim quicker in the future.

I’ve still been doing my bike sessions. We did a ride around where my coach lives last week. He lives in a nature park. Beautiful place, full of wildlife. Unfortunately the day I went the Koala Bears and the Kangaroos were in hiding! I’m gutted that I have been in Australia for 5 weeks and I haven’t seen a Koala or Kanagroo! Hopefully they’ll be out this week.

Don’t forget to check out my video blog via Splish Splosh’s website (simply click here and you can watch me deliver my latest news via the internet!).

Highlights of 2010

December 23, 2010

2010 has been quite a year for Splish Splosh Swimming School, not only have we experienced fantastic growth but we have invested in new projects that have resulted in some pretty fabulous outcomes.

Firstly we knew that we needed to improve our presence online, so we set about creating a website that provided a unique online experience, tailored to the needs of our customers. It may have taken a while to establish it, but we all feel that the wait was well worth it and we are thrilled with the new site.

Continuing a web-based theme we were keen to tip our toes into the exciting world of social media, so we enlisted the help of Cookie PR to help guide us through the process of developing a presence online. Our MD, Vicky Pettitt has taken to Facebook and Twitter wholeheartedly, recently earning Splish Splosh the title of Retweeter of the Year by British Swimming!

It was through our Twitter efforts that we met the Commonwealth champion, Kate Haywood. Back in November we began with swim clinics at our sites at DW Sports Fitness, and are thrilled to say that she is now the Ambassador for Splish Splosh Swimming School and now in Australia reporting back through video blogs exclusively for Splish Splosh with more exciting clinics planned when she returns to the UK.

As mentioned we have located ourselves in DW Sports Fitness after we managed to secure a business deal with the premier health and fitness centres to provide swimming lessons at their rather lovely pools. As we endeavour to provide lessons at only the best facilities we are pleased to say that our students at the numerous locations, including Cambridge and Telford are doing extremely well. Who can forget Vicky’s feature piece in the Oldham Evening Chronicle when we moved to Trafford’s DW Sports Fitness?

What with precious moments caught with parents and their babies in underwater swimming sessions, the introduction of Mr Splosh and Mrs Splish and an exciting venture proposed for next year, 2010 has been pretty hectic!

To find out the latest please feel free to follow us on either Facebook, Twitter or here on WordPress, but don’t forget to tune into Kate’s video blog as she trains in Australia (get your questions over to us for Kate to answer in her next post by emailing:

From all of us her in a rather cold and frosty York, have a very Merry Christmas and thank you for all your support and swimming achievements – well done!

Splish Splosh Swimming School

Kate Haywood’s first blog from Australia!

December 23, 2010

I hope you enjoyed reading my first blog and learning about me and what I do.

I am now bringing you my second blog all the way from Australia. I am now based in Melbourne where I will be training all the way through to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

I only arrived last Monday. After a long 24 hours of travelling we finally made it to the other side of the world! When we landed it was about 25degrees outside, which I think was about 30degrees warmer than back home.

We are staying with another swimmer and her family. Ellen Gandy is also a British swimmer but trains over here. Elly has been a team member since 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she swims the 100m and 200m Butterfly. Elly was also part of our bronze medal relay team this year at the Commonwealth games.

I have settled into training now. It’s strange being the new person in a group after being the longest member in my old squad for 8 years! The training is a bit different to what I am use to back in the UK. I am doing lots of new things, which is challenging and interesting.

I am training at the VIS here in Melbourne which is where all there elite athletes train from all the different sports.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. It’s going to be very strange for me this year being away from my family and having Christmas in the sunshine. Think I’m going to be missing the UK lots as it really doesn’t feel like Christmas here.

I will hopefully have lots more to tell you in my next blog once I have done more training and seen more of Melbourne.

I hope you enjoy following me and hopefully I might see you at a Splish Splosh event soon. You can also keep up to date with me on my personal website


Hello from Kate Haywood

December 6, 2010

Hi Splish Splosh swimmers!

My name is Kate Haywood, and apart from being a champion swimmer, I have recently agreed to be the face of Splish Splosh Swimming School.

Now, you may have already met me if you are a student in Cambridge or Telford where I hosted a swim clinic with Splish Splosh, but if not, let me start by telling you a little about myself:

I swim professionally and compete internationality. My main events are the 50m and 100m breaststroke, and I am currently British record holder in the 100m. I have competed at one Olympic games, three Commonwealth games, two World Championships long course and two World Championships short course. I have also competed in a number of European events and other international events.

I am really pleased to say that I will be working with Splish Splosh Swimming School as an ambassador over the next couple of years, heading into the 2012 Olympics in London.

It’s a really exciting time for me at the moment: I am heading out to Australia soon to train with some of my competitors. I wanted a change as I have been training in Loughborough since I was 15. I’m going to be training with some of the international Australian swimmers, Olympic, Commonwealth and World champions. I am really looking forward to it; I think it will improve my swimming for 2012. I can’t wait to get out of the snow and into the sunshine too!!!

You can keep up with my progress via the written and video blogs that I will be sending over once a month. I will let you know how my training is going and also be answering you questions! You will also be seeing me next year as I will be popping over to some of the Splish Splosh venues to give some more tips and hints on swimming – so watch out for further updates!

I hope you enjoy following me and hopefully I might see you at a Splish Splosh event soon. You can also keep up-to-date with me on my personal website