As the first British woman to win a World Championship gold medal and competing for her country since 13yrs old, Katy is one of Britain’s top competitors in her sport. She has experienced the extreme highs and lows in swimming from winning gold in Barcelona World Championships 2003, to being out of the water for 6 months with a career threatening shoulder injury in 2001.
Katy first appeared on the senior scene as a 15yr old with her first taste of what it was all about being the youngest member of the GB World Championship team in Perth, Australia in 1998. Early success at club championships, where the events she excelled in were all backstroke, gave Katy the desire and motivation to succeed at an even higher level. The ultimate level, being the Olympic Games. A gruelling daily schedule of early morning training(5.30-7.30am), school and training again for 2hours in the evening have made Katy the toughened competitor she is and able to keep her head in the game even when the pressures are at their worst. Following Katy’s shoulder injury in 2001, during which all she could do for 6 months was leg work and kicking only in the pool (Katy couldn’t lift her arm above shoulder level due to nerve damage in muscles supporting the shoulder blade), showed the sheer determination to succeed again when she scraped into the 2002 Commonwealth Games team.
Katy’s career highlight so far has been winning medals at the 2003 World Championships. At just 21years old Katy won the gold and silver medals in the 200m and 100m backstroke respectively. She was awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year Honours list 2003, for her achievements in Barcelona.
Katy has the determination and hope to represent Great Britain in London, having just missed out on selection for Beijing.