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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
17 September 1990
176 cm
60 kg
Bath, ENG
Higher education
Accounting, Business - Swansea University: Wales

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She joined a swimming programme at age five.
Why this sport?
"My dad used to take me to the local swimming pool when I was younger. I began to get competitive with my dad and have little races against him. I decided to join a 'learn to swim' programme."
Club / Team
National Centre Bath: England
Name of coach
Dave McNulty [personal], GBR; Ross Nicholas [national, Wales]; Bill Furniss [national, Great Britain]
Training Regime
She swims an average of 80 kilometres a week.

International Debut

Competing for
Great Britain
World Championships
Rome, ITA

General Interest

Jazz, Pitbull ["My coach called me Pitbull because he said that I've got that drive and determination and sometimes he has to pull me back. It's definitely a funny name to be called, but it's a nice compliment."] (, 30 Sep 2010;, 08 Mar 2013;, 02 Jul 201)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver medals in the 400m and 800m at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 06 Oct 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (, 25 Mar 2014)
In early 2018 she suffered from an illness that later developed into pneumonia after she had competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (, 29 Jun 2018)

She suffered glandular fever in 2011 that prohibited her from competing at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. She also missed out on qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London due to the illness. (, 30 Nov 2011;, 08 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours
She was chosen as Wales' flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (, 03 Apr 2018)

She was named 2014 Athlete of the Year by British Swimming. (, 19 Dec 2014)

She was named the 2013 Swindon Advertiser Sportswoman of the Year. (, 28 Feb 2014)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 09 Oct 2017)
Other information
In mid-2017 she decided to add open water swimming to her programme, making her World Cup debut in Chun'An, People's Republic of China in October that year. "People think I'm crazy and ask if you get punched. I'm terrified of jellyfish as well, but it's all new and a really fresh test." (, 06 Oct 2017;, 16 Oct 2017)

She says it took her several months to get over the high of winning two silver medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I definitely struggled a lot after getting back into training following Rio, but after talking to so many different athletes, that seems the norm. I felt a little bit down after having it in the back of my mind for so long and so it felt really strange that it was all over, but I'm really excited and motivated again now." (, 24 Jan 2017)