Cassie Patten

Born in Cornwall, 1987.
 
A simple list of Cassandra’s achievements tells an impressive story:
 
 
 
4th, 400m Freestyle, World Short Course Championships 2004
 
Silver, World Open Water Championships 2007
 
Silver, World Open Water Championships 2008
 
Silver, 800m Freestyle, GB Olympic Trials
 
Bronze, 10km Olympic Games 2008
 
8th, 800m Freestyle Olympic Games 2008
 
 
 
Cassandra and Keri-anne Payne are the only two female swimmers ever to have competed in both pool and open water races at the Olympic Games.
 
Cassandra joined Stockport Metro in 2006 from Plymouth Leander.
 
One of Cassandra’s ambitions is to become a Blue Peter presenter.
 
Cassandra qualified for the 2010 World Open Water Championships.
 

Stephen Parry

Steve was born in Liverpool and swam for Liverpool Penguins and City of Liverpool. He was European Junior Champion in 1994.
 
As a junior swimmer Steve never won gold at the National Age Group championships. He won a total of 20 silver medals, often behind Stockport Metro swimmer James Hickman.
 
Steve represented Great Britain at the World Student Games in Japan in 1995 but failed to qualify for the 1996 Olympic Games, a disappointment that provided him with enormous drive and motivation.
 
Steve is only the third Briton ever to have won the American college championships. He studied Marketing and Finance at Florida State University and won the 200m Butterfly in 1997. He joined Stockport Metro on his return from the USA in 1998.

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James Goddard

2001 European Junior Championships, Malta   GOLD 200m Individual Medley
 
                                                                   GOLD 400m Individual Medley
 
2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester        GOLD, 200m Backstroke
 
2004 Olympic Games, Athens                          4th, 200m Backstroke
 
2008 Olympic Games, Beijing                          6th, 200m Individual Medley
 
2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi                  GOLD, 200m Backstroke
 
                                                                    GOLD, 200m Individual Medley
 
James has been with Stockport Metro since the age of 8, and has progressed through the programme, first winning national titles in his age group, then representing Great Britain at junior level and then at senior level.
 
He’s one of the most experienced swimmers on the England and Great Britain teams, having competed at two Olympic Games, two Commonwealth Games and four World Championships, and has made finals at every level.
 
James has been British and Commonwealth record holder on the 200m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley a number of times.
 
Quick facts:
 
James was born in the Seychelles where he lived for the first two years of his life, and then grew up in Woodley, near Stockport.
 
He has a two year old daughter,  Evie.
 
He has an ‘A’ level in Film Studies.
 
He’s a lifelong Manchester City fan.

 

  

 

 

 

 

Michael Rock

2003 European Youth Olympics, Paris               GOLD, 100m Butterfly
 
                                                                    GOLD, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
 
2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi                  SILVER, 200m Butterfly
 
 
 
Quick  facts
 
British Record Holder for 100m and 200m Butterfly.
 
Swam the 100m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly and 4 x 100 Medley Relay at the 2008 Olympic Games.
 
Won silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games on the 200m Butterfly before getting sick and struggling in the heats of the 100m Butterfly.
 
 

Graeme Smith

Born in Falkirk, his family moved to settle just outside Manchester when he was three years old. He started swimming, when he was four and joined his local swimming club (Saracens) at the age of eight. Amazingly, he never won a national age group title. Smith competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1996.
 
He won the bronze medal in the 1500 m freestyle at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta behind distance legends Kieran Perkins (AUS) and Dan Kowalski (AUS). Three years later, at the European Short Course Swimming Championships 1999 in Lisbon, he captured the gold medal in the same event.
 
But he failed to qualify for the Olympic 1500 m freestyle in Sydney, Australia (2000), after being beaten in the trials by Paul Palmer and Adam Faulkner. That result was the lowest point in his career. Booking his ticket to Sydney as a reserve in the 4×200 m freestyle relay was no consolation and initially he decided that he would decline his place on the British team and quit the sport but was persuaded otherwise by his family. In 2001 he bounced back and became only the 12th man ever to break the 15-minute barrier (only 12 men have ever set foot on the moon) and won 2001 World Championships silver (1500m) and bronze (800m) in Fukuoka, Japan. His perseverance had paid off.
 
Graeme’s work ethic was what set him apart. From the age of 12 he would train 10 times a week and at the peak of his career would average a distance of 80km per week in the pool. He didn’t miss a single training session in the two years leading up to the Sydney Olympics.
 
On retirement Graeme had been ranked in the top 10 in the world on the 1500m (the toughest event in swimming) every year for 10 years.
 
He retired from competitive swimming after the 2004 Summer Olympics, and returned to The University of Manchester in September 2005 to complete his degree, more than ten years after starting.
 
Graeme is now a sports agent for a company whose clients include Rebecca Adlington and 1500m Freestyle Olympic medallist David Davies.

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