MCCLATCHEY Caitlin < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Scotland   
Gender Women
Born 28 Nov 1985 in Portsmouth, ENG
Height1.69 m
Weight 55 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Liam Tancock
Residence Edinburgh, SCO
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Politics - Loughborough University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She comes from a family of swimmers and learned to swim at age three. She started training around age 11.
Why this sport? She ran cross country at county level in Scotland, but grew to dislike running up hills in the freezing cold so opted to concentrate on the pool instead. She decided to take swimming seriously after she was recruited first to the Scottish youth team, then the British youth team.
Club / Team University of Edinburgh: Scotland
Name of coach Chris Jones
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament Athens Olympic Games
General Interest
Nicknames Caits (British Swimming, 12 Apr 2006)
Hobbies Spending time with friends, listening to music, reading and travelling. (britishswimming.co.uk, 06 Apr 2008)
Most influential person in career Her parents. (swimming.org, 07 Mar 2012)
Hero / Idol Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe and British runner Paula Radcliffe. (britishswimming.co.uk, 06 Apr 2008)
Injuries She broke her left elbow in a fall at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. She was cheering on a teammate from the side of the pool when she tripped and fell. (timesonline.com, 28 Jun 2006)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "I try and break down the race into stages, including making sure I get a good start, the stroke rate I need to hit at the time I might need to hit." (wellssportsfoundation.org, 08 Mar 2012)
Awards and honours She was named the Sunday Times 2005 Student Sportswoman of the Year. (Sunday Times, 20 Nov 2005)
Famous relatives Her parents John and Louise competed at the 1970 and 1974 Commonwealth Games respectively in swimming. Her uncle Alan swam for Great Britain, winning a relay bronze at the 1976 Olympic Games. Her grandfather and aunt also swam at international level. Her partner Liam Tancock is a British international swimmer. (olympics.org.uk, 16 Jul 2008; Facebook profile, 31 Dec 2014)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimswam.com, 25 Feb 2013)
Other information REPRESENTING SCOTLAND
Despite being born in Portsmouth and raised in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, she chose to follow in the footsteps of her parents and represent Scotland at international level. (wsf.tamar.com, 02 Aug 2009)

STAR COUPLE
She dates fellow Commonwealth Games champion and British swimmer Liam Tancock, leading teammates to reportedly dub the couple 'Posh and Becks of swimming' [after David and Victoria Beckham]. (Telegraph.co.uk, 01 Jan 2012; swimswam.com, 25 Feb 2013)