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Katie CLARK
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Born23 Mar 1994 in Reading, ENG
Height1.68 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Reading, ENG
Occupation
Business Owner, Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Science - Loughborough College: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age seven.
Why this sport?
Her swimming teacher noticed she was double jointed and suggested she take up artistic swimming because of her flexibility. She also liked the idea of being able to combine her love of dance and music with swimming.
General Interest
Nicknames
C, Kat (teamgb.com, 01 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Pilates, art, travelling, listening to music. (Instagram profile, 03 Mar 2021; Facebook profile, 07 Nov 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (britishswimming.org, 17 Feb 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her parents, and British artistic swimmers and coaches Katie Hooper and Karen Thorpe. (britishswimming.org, 17 Feb 2021)
Hero / Idol
French artistic swimmer Virginie Dedieu. (teamgb.com, 01 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she received the Pride of Reading Award at the Reading Sports Personality Awards in England. (newsatrr.synchrosight.co.uk, 15 Jan 2017)

In 2016 she and her duet partner Olivia Federici were named Performance Athletes of the Year for artistic swimming at the Amateur Swimming Association [ASA] Aquatics Awards in England. (swimming.org, 06 Dec 2016)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
Following the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she suffered from a lack of motivation, and retired from the sport in 2013. She returned again in 2015, however - after going back to school in between - with the aim of competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "A lot of us really struggled that year [2012] from a mental health point of view, with not really knowing what was coming next, and that transition was really difficult. A few of us left after the world championships in 2013, and I wanted to leave, I guess, because I got a bit caught up with what my friends were doing. I'd gone back to school the year after the Olympics to do my A-Levels, which was really hard with all my friends having left to go to university, so I found that really difficult as well. It was worth it to make sure I could finish my A-Levels, and I'm really grateful that I made that decision now looking back on it. I always wanted to get back in [the pool] and do synchro again. Even though it was hard, it felt like the right decision." She retired from the sport for a second time in 2017. (britishswimming.org, 17 Feb 2021; bbc.co.uk, 21 Mar 2016; teamgb.com, 01 Jun 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Preliminary Round 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Duet 160.732
6 2012 London, ENG Team 175.440
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
12 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Free Routine 82.570
10 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Technical Routine 87.600
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN Free Routine Combination 87.760
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Free Routine 87.280
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2016 London, ENG Free Routine Combination 77.967
8 2016 London, ENG Duet Free Routine 81.433
8 2016 London, ENG Team Technical Routine 76.985
9 2016 London, ENG Duet Technical Routine 80.475
8 2016 London, ENG Team Free Routine 79.000
5 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team 86.590
6 2010 Budapest, HUN Team 87.100