BURNETT Simon < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 14 Apr 1983 in Oxford, ENG
Height1.89 m
Weight 85 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Tucson, AZ, USA
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Business - University of Arizona: Tucson, AZ, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started swimming at age three at the Wycombe District Swimming Club.
Why this sport? His mother wanted her boys to learn how to swim.
Club / Team Windsor Swimming Club/Tuscan Ford Dealer Aquatics: England
Name of coach Frank Busch [when in the US], Bob Pay [when in the UK]
Coach from which country? United States
International Debut
Year 2002
Competing for England
Tournament Commonwealth Games
Location Manchester
General Interest
Nicknames Psi. (British Swimming, 21 Jul 2005)
Hobbies Tennis, snooker and pool. (British Swimming, 21 Apr 2004)
Enjoys watching American Football. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement His gold medal performance at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 in the 100m freestyle. (British Swimming, 19 Jul 2010)
Most influential person in career Bob Pay, his first coach. (British Swimming, 19 Jul 2010)
Hero / Idol Roger Federer and Aaron Peirsol. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Injuries He broke a bone in his wrist in February 2004 after a cycling accident, but swam personal bests two months later at the Olympic trials for Athens 2004. (British Swimming, 28 June 2006; britisholympians.com, 19 Jul 2010)

He has suffered from thyroid problems during his career. (timesonline.co.uk, 20 Feb 2006)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Work hard in the right places, and enjoy yourself." (British Swimming, 19 Jul 2010)
Awards and honours He was awarded the University of Arizona's top sports award, the Sapphire Award, as the most outstanding senior athlete. He was also named the 2006 Pacific 10 conference Swimmer of the Year. (britisholympians.com, 15 Apr 2008)

He was named British Swimmer of the Year in 2005. (britisholympians.com, 19 Jul 2010)

He is the only man in history to break the British record at 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle. (britisholympians.com, 19 Jul 2010)
Other information PATRON
He is now a patron of the newly formed Thame Swimming Club and helps out with training whenever he is in the United Kingdom. (thameswimmingclub.co.uk, 10 Jun 2009)

He is a patron for Ucare, a charity dedicated to finding news ways to fight cancer. (ucare-oxford.org.uk, 16 Jul 2011)