My Story

Lizzie has recently retired from a 12 year sporting career representing Team GB and British Swimming. At the age of 14 Lizzie won 5 golds at the European Youth Olympic Games, and over the following two years stepped up to win 6 European Junior gold medals. She qualified for her first senior team at 15, and her first Olympic Games in 2008, aged 17, where she finished sixth in the 200m backstroke. Lizzie went on to be twice crowned senior European Champion, and has collected a number of medals at Commonwealth Games and World Championship competitions. As well as her debut in Beijing, Lizzie competed at the London Olympic Games in 2012, achieving a fourth place finish in the 200m backstroke. Lizzie is now the Vice Chair of the British Olympic Association Athletes’ Commission, bringing knowledge and expertise to Team GB athlete support programmes and promoting athlete welfare across the high-performance system. She is passionate about using her experiences from elite sport to help young people develop and thrive, and she has many years experience running masterclasses and workshops with clubs and schools, both in the UK and internationally.

Sporting Achievements

  • Double Olympian (Beijing 2008, London 2012)
  • Fourth-place finish in the 200m backstroke at 2012 London Olympics
  • Double European Champion (2008, 2010)
  • Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist (2010)
  • World Short Course Silver Medallist (2008)
  • 13 x British Champion
  • Current British Record Holder
  • Previous European and Commonwealth Record Holder