Kate Grey – Swimmer
Kate made her international debut 2006 swimming world Championships in Durban, and her Paralympic debut at Beijing 2008. Kate has represented Great Britain at the Europeans, Worlds and Paralympics.
What made you want to become an athlete?
My love for the sport.
What has been your proudest moment to date?
Finishing fifth in the 100m breaststroke at the Beijing Paralympics where I was representing Great Britain.
What does your typical day involve?
Training in the pool takes place daily between 5.45 and 8am. This is followed by gym weights from 8.30-9.30am. There is then a second training session from 3.45-6pm each day.
Who or what inspires you to get up in a morning?
The dream of gaining a medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games (oh and a really good alarm clock song!)
What do your friends and family think about what you do?
They are all extremely supportive and proud.
How did you get to where you are today?
I am currently working towards a degree in Sports Development from the University of Bath, where I am also following a career pathway in teaching.
Also helping me to get to this point and continue to strive for success are my family and friends, and my past successes during my swimming career.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of following in your path?
Have no regrets. You can only do your best.
How do you use sports science to support your training/performance?
Lactate testing, nutrition, physiotherapy sessions, massage, as well as strength and conditioning.
Are there any specific areas of science that you use to help you to maximise your performance?
Heart rate monitoring; skin folds to measure body weight; and fitness testing including the step test.
What kind of hobbies do you do to relax?
I enjoy going shopping, watching movies and meeting my friends.