STOECKEL Hayden < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 10 Aug 1984 in Renmark, AUS
Height1.97 m
Weight 95 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Adelaide, SA, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began swimming at age six.
Why this sport? He grew up near the Murray River.
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Australia
Tournament Pan Pacific Championships
Location Victoria, BC
General Interest
Nicknames Haydos, Stokey (Swimming Australia, 16 Jun 2010; olympics.com.au, 26 Mar 2012)
Hobbies Watching films, surfing, spear fishing, reading books, listening to music. (AUS Team Guide 2007; Swimming Australia, 11 Dec 2006)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning bronze in the 100m backstroke at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (olympics.com.au, 26 Mar 2012)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (NOC, 14 May 2008)
Injuries He suffered from gastroenteritis at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, and he was unable to contest the 100m backstroke and did not progress past the heats of the 200m backstroke. (olympics.com.au, 26 Mar 2012)

A shoulder injury in 2009 kept him out of the World Championships in Rome, Italy. (Fox Sports, 12 Jul 2009)
Other information ON AND OFF CAREER
He quit swimming at age 16, but returned to the sport in a journey that saw him relocate from South Australia to Queensland several times. He took time away from the sport again in 2007 and left the Gold Coast to contemplate "settling down and being a normal guy". But he returned to the pool 10 months later, this time under coach Peter Bishop in his hometown of Adelaide, thanks to encouragement and motivation from his mother. After returning from the 2008 Olympic Games he struggled with weight issues and motivation and again considered quitting the sport. (Courier Mail, 15 Aug 2008; Fox Sports, 12 Aug 2008; adelaidenow.com.au, 24 Mar 2012)

CHANGE OF COACH
In a bid to secure selection for the 2012 Olympic Games in London he decided to return to Adelaide from Melbourne to train under former coach Peter Bishop. (guardian-messenger.whereilive.com.au, 18 Jan 2012)

TATTOO
He has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on the left side of his chest. (olympics.com.au, 26 Mar 2012)

HOMETOWN HONOUR
In 2008 his hometown of Berri in South Australia re-named the local swimming pool the Hayden Stoeckel Swimming Pool. (abc.net.au, 27 Aug 2008)