Further Personal Information
||Partner Liam Tancock
||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
||Athens Olympic Games
||Caits (British Swimming, 12 Apr 2006)
||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)
||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)
||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)
||To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimswam.com, 25 Feb 2013)
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)
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)