Sarah Catherwood
Personal information
Birth nameSarah Louise Catherwood
Born (1980-05-23) 23 May 1980 (age 41)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height177 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Sport
CountryNew Zealand
SportSwimming

Sarah Louise Catherwood (for a time known as Sarah Jackson, born 23 May 1980) is an Olympic swimmer from New Zealand.

Swimming career

Catherwood started swimming aged eight and was a teen swimming sensation; as of 2011, one of her national age 13 records still stood.[2] She was a member of Christchurch's AquaGym Swim Club alongside Anna Simcic.[3]

Catherwood was one of the 14 swimmers who represented New Zealand at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States, and she competed at one event.[4] Aged 16, she was the youngest New Zealand swimmer in Atlanta.[5] Catherwood was in a team with Anna Wilson, Dionne Bainbridge, and Alison Fitch to compete in the 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay.[4] They came fifth in their heat and did not qualify for the final;[6] their overall placement was 11th out of 21 teams.[7] Catherwood is New Zealand Olympian number 698.[1]

Catherwood retired after competing at the 2004 FINA World short course swimming championships in Indianapolis, USA.[2] She improved her personal best time in 100 metres freestyle by over half a second at those championships.[8]

In 2011 at age 30, Catherwood decided to try a comeback, with Olympic team mate Paul Kent as her trainer. At the time, she was based in Palmerston North.[2] She later pursued her swimming career as a member of Roskill Magic, a swimming club in the Auckland suburb of Mount Roskill.[4]

Private life

Catherwood was born in 1980 in Christchurch, New Zealand.[5] She moved to Palmerston North in 2008 to study a veterinary degree at Massey University.[2] After that, she moved to Auckland.[9] Outside of swimming, Catherwood's passion is horses.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b "Sarah Catherwood". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Lampp, Peter (14 March 2011). "Catherwood returns at 30". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame". AquaGym Swim Club. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "New Zealand Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Sarah Catherwood". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  6. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  7. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Swimming: Kiwi team impress at world championships". The New Zealand Herald. 9 October 2004. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Kiwi swimmers eye Olympic chances across the Tasman". Swimming New Zealand. Retrieved 7 September 2017.