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Hayley BAKER
Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
Born23 May 1995 in Melbourne, AUS
Height1.78 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Education Professional
Higher education
History - University of Melbourne: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight.
Why this sport?
"I started with swimming lessons and never stopped. It was all a bit of an accident. I was really enjoying it. At the end of high school, I made the Australia A team. I thought, 'I could go somewhere with this'."
International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Baker, HB (Facebook profile, 11 Aug 2018; vis.org.au, 10 Apr 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Susie O'Neill. (vis.org.au, 10 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Success is different for everyone. Keep a proper perspective and do your personal best." [US swimmer Natalie Coughlin]. (vis.org.au, 10 Apr 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2014 and 2016 she was named Female Athlete of the Year by the University of Melbourne in Australia. (sport.unimelb.edu.au, 01 Sep 2016; theage.com.au, 07 May 2015)
Other information
In 2020 she retired from competitive swimming. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2021; pilatescanberra.com.au, 01 Jan 2020)

She works for Sport Integrity Australia as an education officer. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2021)

She has qualified as a teacher of competitive swimming through the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association [ASCTA]. She has also studied for a diploma in professional pilates instruction with the Pilates International Training Centre. (LinkedIn profile, 18 Oct 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 2:11.63