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Name: Karen Pickering
Nationality: British
Home: London
Sport: Swimming
Website: www.karenpickeringswim.com

Twitter: @Karen_Pickering
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Karen Pickering is the most decorated female British swimmer and her achievements are quite remarkable. Karen made her international debut in 1986 and went on to win an incredible 73 titles on the national and international stages. She was four-time World Champion, won 14 European Championship medals, 38 British Championship titles and 13 Commonwealth Games medals including four Golds. The 2002 Commonwealth Games saw Karen gain two Golds and a Silver medal in front of her home crowd, a career highlight that was crowned when she was given the honour of carrying the English flag at the closing ceremony. Her career has been an eventful one. As well as an amazing medal haul she has twice held a World Record, she competed at four consecutive Olympic Games and in 1994 she was awarded an MBE for services to swimming.

Since her retirement from international swimming in 2005, Karen has become a regular member of the BBC Radio 5 Live commentary team and has taken on a number of roles. She is Chair of the British Athletes Commission, and is on the executive board of the English Institute of Sport, the BOA-Athletes Commission and LOCOG’s Athletes Commission. Karen is also very much in demand as a motivational and after dinner speaker and is a popular choice for hosting events. Drawing on a vast career, Karen is able to deliver messages drawing parallels between the sporting and business worlds. She understands the importance of a balance between individual and team performance and is able to adapt presentations to suit client’s needs. A humorous, poignant and inspirational speaker, Karen’s views will motivate and inspire any audience.

One of Karen’s proudest achievements since retiring is founding the Splash Awards, an annual black tie event that recognises and celebrates the achievements of elite swimmers (able bodied & disabled), divers, waterpolo players and synchronised swimmers. Most recently Karen launched her own learn to swim school, to encourage the next generation of youngsters to take part in the sport she loves and maybe follow in her footsteps. Karen Pickering SWIM caters for all age groups and abilities as well as offering a consultancy service to teams and athletes in other sports who want to improve their cross training, recovery or injury rehabilitation work.

Major Achievements

2002 2x GOLD Commonwealth Games
2002 SILVER Commonwealth Games
2001 GOLD World Championships
2001 SILVER World Championships
2000 GOLD World Championships
2000 BRONZE World Championships
1999 GOLD World Championships
1999 SILVER World Championships
1999 2x BRONZE European Championships
1998 3x SILVER Commonwealth Games
1997 BRONZE European Championships
1995 4x BRONZE European Championships
1994 2x GOLD Commonwealth Games
1994 2x SILVER Commonwealth Games
1994 BRONZE Commonwealth Games
1993 GOLD World Championships
1993 BRONZE World Championships
1993 3x BRONZE European Championships
1990 SILVER Commonwealth Games
1990 BRONZE Commonwealth Games