HAYDEN Brent < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 21 Oct 1983 in Maple Ridge, CAN
Height1.93 m
Weight 88 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Nadina
Residence Vancouver, BC, CAN
Occupation Coach, Motivational Speaker, Photographer
Languages English
Higher education Humanities, Marketing - University of British Columbia: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began swimming at age five. His first club was the Spartans Club in Chilliwack, BC, Canada.
Why this sport? His parents encouraged him to join his first club.
International Debut
Year 2002
Competing for Canada
Tournament Commonwealth Games
Location Manchester
General Interest
Nicknames Soup (ubyssey.bc.ca, 12 Feb 2002)
Hobbies Photography. (brenthayden.com, 11 Jul 2011)
Most influential person in career He attributes a lot of his success to the late karate sensei Tom McDonaugh. (brenthayden.com, 11 Jul 2011)
Injuries He suffered from stomach problems at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. (brenthayden.com, 11 Jul 2011)

He injured his back prior to the 2008 Olympic trials, forcing him to scratch the 50m freestyle event from his programme but managed to qualify for the 100m and 200m freestyle events. (Swimming Canada, 11 Jul 2011)

An elbow injury following the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens forced him to withdraw from the 2004 Canadian World Short Course team. (Swimming Canada, 03 Aug 2006)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs On a competition day, he listens to classical music to stay relaxed. Just before a race starts, he listens to heavy metal music to energise himself. (Swimming Canada, 16 Jul 2010)
Awards and honours In January 2013 he was inducted into the British Columbia Sport Hall of Fame. (vancouversun.com, 22 Jan 2013)

In 2005 and 2006, he was named Male Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Canada. (Infostrada 2005, swim.bc.ca, 24 Nov 2006)

He earned Canada's first world title in the pool since 1986, winning the 100m freestyle at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. (Swimming Canada, 16 Jul 2010)
Other sports He has a black belt in Isshin-ryu karate. (Swimming Canada, 11 Jul 2011)
Other information RETIREMENT
After winning his first Olympic medal, a bronze, at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he decided to retire from competitive swimming. He announced his decision at a medal ceremony at Canada House, saying he had not planned on retiring at that moment but realised it was the right decision. "I was going to give myself two months to see if there was a moment when it felt right," he said. "And if that moment didn't come, then I would have just kept swimming." (ca.sports.yahoo.com, 06 Aug 2012)

After competing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens he was severely beaten by riot police after walking out of a bar and becoming unknowingly mixed up in a violent anti-war protest. He suffered welts to his arms, stomach and back, and said afterwards that his legs were bleeding pretty badly. "It was definitely the scariest moment of my life," he said. (The Star, 01 Aug 2008)

He has a Superman tattoo on his chest, hence the nickname 'Soup'. The Chinese writing tattooed under one of his arms means 'friends forever' and he got it done with a friend who survived a terrible motorcycle crash, and he has a Japanese-inspired design of clouds with three stars [symbolising the mind, body and soul] in memory of his long-time karate sensei, Tom McDonagh, who passed away. (The Star, 01 Aug 2008; Vancouver Sun, 28 May 2010)

He used to suffer coughing attacks when he was younger but thought it was an adverse reaction to chlorine. During a scouting mission to China prior to the 2008 Olympic Games, doctors diagnosed him with asthma and he secured a drug exemption from the International Swimming Federation [FINA] to use an inhaler. (cbc.ca, 16 Jul 2010)

He and defending champion Filippo Magnini of Italy tied for first place in the 100m freestyle final at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. Both swimmers were awarded a gold medal after recording the time of 48.43s. The win was Canada's first swimming title in the pool at a world championships since Victor Davis won the 100m breaststroke in 1986. (swimming.ca, 23 Apr 2007)