Olympic swimming star Kate Haywood returns to Louth to inspire youngsters

Members of Louth Dophins Swimming Club with Louth's Olympic swimmer Kate Haywood at the Meridian Centre.
Members of Louth Dophins Swimming Club with Louth's Olympic swimmer Kate Haywood at the Meridian Centre.
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HOMEGROWN Olympic swimmer Kate Haywood returned home to give Louth’s next generation of young stars an expert lesson.

Kate, who has qualified for the 2012 games in the 100m breaststroke event, was at the Meridian Centre teaching members of Louth Dolphins Swimming Club some of the techniques she’s learned over the years.

Kate flicks through her copy of the Louth Leader during her visit home.

Kate flicks through her copy of the Louth Leader during her visit home.

The 24-year-old, a former BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, grew up in Louth before her career took her further afield and she now lives and trains in Melbourne, Australia.

She told the Leader she was delighted to return to her roots.

“As a Louth girl and a former Dolphins member it’s great to come back and hopefully inspire the younger people,” she said.

“I was once in the same position and had similar dreams, maybe there’s some future swimming stars in the town as Lincolnshire seems to keep producing top swimmers.

“I haven’t been back for a while so it’s been brilliant to come and see this fantastic new pool, it’s a great facility.”

Kate secured her place at this year’s Olympics in March and is one of 38 swimmers hoping to win gold for Team GB in their events.

She’s currently the British record holder for 100m breaststroke with a time of one minute and seven seconds set in 2008, and also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she came 11th in her category.

Sam Swaby, 14, a Louth Dolphin member, was impressed by Kate’s technique.

“I’m hoping I can learn from her breaststroke as that’s what I do too,” he said.

“It’s great to have Kate back again.”

The trip was just a flying visit for Kate, who has since headed back to Loughborough for more training and will return to Australia next week.

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