Caitlin learnt to swim at the age of three for safety reasons and to be confident in the water. Inspired by her parents who were both international swimmers, Caitlin started training at Northampton Swimming Club aged 11, three times a week. By the age of 15 Caitlin decided to take swimming more seriously and upped her training hour to six sessions a week.

At the age of 17 she was selected as a wild card for the British Swimming Potential squad and then the following year she qualified for her first senior international meet at the Athens Olympic Games. After the Olympics she moved to Loughborough University to train and study a degree in Politics. In 2005 she won a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Montreal. In 2006 Caitlin became double Commonwealth champion winning gold medals in the 200 and 400m freestyle. Later that year she won European bronze in the 400m freestyle.

After a difficult year with illness and injury in 2007 Caitlin won three medals at the World Short course championships in Manchester. She qualified for and raced in  two Olympic finals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 4x100m freestyle relay and 200m freestyle.

In 2009 Caitlin won a bronze medal at the World Championships as part of the 4x200m freestyle relay in a European record time. Both 2010 and 2011 were difficult years with illness and injury but in 2012 Caitlin qualified for the London Olympics and raced in three Olympic finals in the 4x100m freestyle relay, the 200m fresstyle and the 4x200m freestyle relay.

In 2013 Caitlin moved to Edinburgh to train and study a Masters degree in Performance Psychology at the Univeristy of Edinburgh. She won two bronze medals at the World Univeristy Games in Kazan and in 2014 raced in a home Commonwealth Games. 

Giving Back

Caitlin has been involved in the Wells Sports Foundation from 2009-2012. She visited schools, sports clubs and community sports event days where she spoke to young people about her life as an elite athlete and promoted leading a healthy lifestyle. She also designed and led 45 minute physical activity sessions to show the school pupils what sort of exercises she would do as part of a dry land routine.

She has also run swim clinics for people of all ages and abilities. She is now involved in Sports for Schools and is participating in two Sport Scotland Young Ambassadors conferences where she will be giving a presentation and working with school pupils throughout the day. Caitlin also works with the Trust on the AQA Unlocking Potential programme.

Competitive Record

2014 Commonwealth Games finalist

2013 2x World University Bronze medalist (200 & 400m freestyle),

2012 3x London Olympic finalist (4x100m freestyle relay, 4x200m freestyle relay and 200m freestyle),

2011 World finalist (4x200m freestyle relay and 4x100m freestyle relay),

2009 World Championship bronze medalist (4x200m freestyle relay),

2008 2x Olympic finalist (4x100m freestyle relay & 200m freestyle),

2008 3x World short course medalist bronze 200m freestyle, silver 4x200m freestyle relay & silver 4x100m freeestyle relay.

2007 World finalist (200m freestyle & 4x200m freestyle relay),

2006 European Bronze medalist 400m freestyle.

2006 2x Commonwealth Games gold medalist (200m freestyle and 400m freestyle),

2005 World Championship bronze medalist 400m freestyle

2004 Athens Olympic finalist 4x200m freestyle relay.