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Siobhan HAUGHEY
Sport Swimming
NOC Hong Kong, China   
GenderWomen
Born31 Oct 1997
Height1.77 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Hong Kong, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Cantonese, English, French, Mandarin
Higher education
Psychology - University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at age five at the South China Athletic Association in Hong Kong, China.
Why this sport?
She went to swimming lessons with her older sister Aisling. Swimming began as a hobby, but coaches soon noticed she had natural talent for the sport. "My parents loved swimming, and we lived in a building with a swimming pool. On the weekends, my parents would bring me and my older sister to the pool to teach us to swim. It came to the point where they couldn't teach my sister anything more because she wouldn't listen to them, so they brought her to a swimming club close by. When I was younger, I really hated swimming. Different coaches told my parents I had talent and I shouldn't give up swimming. The more I swam, the more I realised I actually liked swimming."
Club / Team
Hong Kong Sports Institute: Hong Kong, China
Name of coach
Rick Bishop
General Interest
Nicknames
The Little Mermaid (elle.com.hk, 07 Aug 2017)
Hobbies
Playing the piano, painting her nails. (hk01.com, 22 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and placing fifth in the 200m freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 05 Jan 2019; litzusa.com, 20 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjostrom. (hk01.com, 24 Jul 2019)
Injuries
She began experiencing problems with her foot in December 2017, and the injury affected her preparations ahead of the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Championships in the United States of America. She consulted eight specialists, who were unable to identify the cause of the problem, and in May 2018 she saw an acupuncturist in Hong Kong, China that had been recommended by a coach from the Hong Kong Sports Institute [HKSI]. She was diagnosed with inflamed cartilage around her ankle, and was forced to pull out of the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (scmp.com, 26 Jun 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She paints her nails before every competition. (hk01.com, 22 Aug 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." [from the movie 'Mulan'] (sportsroad.hk, 10 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named joint-winner of the 2019 Female Swimmer of the Year award by Hong Kong Swimming Coaches' Association. (news.mingpao.com, 04 Jan 2020)

In 2019 she was presented with the Big Ten Medal of Honor by the athletic department of the University of Michigan in the United State of America. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 15 Apr 2019)

She was named the 2013 Most Improved Swimmer of the Year by the Hong Kong Swimming Coaches' Association. (harrywright.com.hk, 07 Dec 2013)
Milestones
She was the first swimmer representing Hong Kong, China to reach the final of an individual event at the world championships. She went on to place fifth in the 200m freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (elle.com.hk, 07 Aug 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jan 2021)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Aisling Haughey has represented Hong Kong, China in swimming at World Cup events. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 May 2018; hk01.com, 22 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sportsroad.hk, 15 Jul 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:53.92
17 2021 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 24.75
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 52.27
13 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:02.86
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Individual Medley  DNS
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 1:57.56
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Freestyle 1:54.98
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 53.45
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:55.96
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 54.05
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:13.26
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 54.95
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 25.85
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:42.11
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:06.51
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
60 2014   Overall  
3 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Freestyle 53.72
1 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.65
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2014 Incheon, KOR 200m Freestyle 1:59.66
5 2014 Incheon, KOR 50m Freestyle 25.53
8 2014 Incheon, KOR 200m Individual Medley 2:15.63
4 2014 Incheon, KOR 100m Freestyle 54.94
3 2014 Incheon, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:04.55
3 2014 Incheon, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:07.15
3 2014 Incheon, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:39.94