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Hilary CALDWELL
Sport Swimming
NOC Canada   
GenderWomen
Born13 Mar 1991 in London, CAN
Height1.73 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Victoria, BC, CAN
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Language Studies - French - University of Victoria: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at an early age. She took up the sport competitively at age six in White Rock, BC, Canada.
Why this sport?
She learned to swim in the pool in her backyard before she was able to walk.
International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Canada
General Interest
Nicknames
Hils (olympic.ca, 10 Sep 2016)
Hobbies
Reading. (swimming.ca, 01 Aug 2014)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice. (teambc.org, 08 Apr 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
If she does well in a race, she will listen to the same music and wear the same jersey for the rest of the competition. (swimming.ca, 01 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'll make it to the moon if I have to crawl." (olympic.ca, 10 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2013 Female Swimmer of the Year at the Swimming Canada Big Splash Awards. (olympic.ca, 01 Aug 2014)
Famous relatives
Her younger sister Katie has competed in swimming at university level in Canada. (mcgilltribune.com, 24 Mar 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive swimming in May 2018. "I'm good with it but it's weird. It has been my whole life, 20-plus years and it's done. It will be a change, but I think a good one." (swimswam.com, 09 May 2018)

TATTOOS
She has several tattoos on her body including one with the phrase 'Make It So', a phrase her late coach Randy Bennett would use. Other tattoos include a mermaid on her upper left arm and the Olympic rings below her elbow. (theglobeandmail.com, 16 Jul 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Backstroke 2:07.54
18 2012 London, ENG 200m Backstroke 2:10.75
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 2:07.15
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 1:00.29
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 2:08.66
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 1:00.39
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Backstroke 2:06.80
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:00.19
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Backstroke 2:03.98 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Backstroke 58.16
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Backstroke 27.80
6 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Backstroke 2:03.06
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 27.80
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 57.88
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Backstroke 2:06.43
7 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Backstroke 59.43
6 2016 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 27.89
4 2016 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 2:06.54
5 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 59.21
8 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 2:06.33
5 2014 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 59.04
5 2014 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 2:05.58
7 2014 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 59.15
7 2014 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 2:06.14
6 2013 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke 2:07.14
8 2013 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 59.72
5 2013 Berlin, GER 200m Backstroke 2:04.18
6 2013 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 58.66
3 2013 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.18
7 2013 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:38.36
4 2013 Eindhoven, NED 200m Backstroke 2:02.56
5 2013 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 57.97
5 2013 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.07
8 2013 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.39
6 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 2:08.38
6 2013 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 59.10
7 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 2:07.00