Belinda Hocking

Belinda Hocking
Personal information
Full name Belinda Jane Hocking
Nickname(s) "Bindy"
National team  Australia
Born (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 31)
Wangaratta, Victoria
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club Nunawading
Coach Rohan Taylor

Belinda Jane Hocking[1] (born 14 September 1990) is a retired Australian backstroke swimmer. She is an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.

Career

Hocking was fifth in the 200-metre back and sixth in the 50 and 100m back at the Telstra Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane in December 2007, won gold in 4×200-metre freestyle and was fourth in 200-metre backstroke at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii, claimed gold in the 100- and 200-metre backstroke and 4×100-metre medley relay, to go with silver in the 4×100-metre and 4×200-metre freestyle relays at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, won gold in the 100- and 200-metre backstroke and bronze in the 200-metre freestyle at the Australian Age Championships in Perth, won silver in 100-metre backstroke, was fourth in 50-metre backstroke and fifth in 200-metre backstroke at the Telstra Australian Short Course Championships in Melbourne, and placed third in the 100-metre backstroke at the FINA World Cup in Sydney.[2]

Hocking qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and came eighth in the 200-metre backstroke. She placed second in the 200-metre backstroke, and was third in 100-metre backstroke at the Australian Swimming Championships and Olympic Trials in Sydney. That year, she also won silver in the 4×100-metre medley (heat swim), and came fifth in the 100-metre backstroke and sixth in the 50-metre backstroke at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Manchester. She set a Commonwealth record in 50-metre backstroke at World Short Course Championships and she won 100- and 200-metre backstroke at the Monaco leg of the Mare Nostrum series. She was also second in 100- and 200-metre backstroke at the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum series.[3]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed in the 100 and 200 m backstroke events, finishing in 7th and 10th respectively.[4]

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she won two gold medals in the 200 m backstroke and the 4 x 100 m medley relay, setting Commonwealth Games records in both. She also won a bronze medal in the 100 m backstroke.[5]

She had to take a break from competing in 2015, after a series of accidents and injuries, including a shoulder injury which required surgery, a dislocated knee and a burn injury caused while studying.[6] In 2015, she also began to study for a degree in primary education.[6]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Hocking came fifth in the 200 metre backstroke.[4]

Belinda Hocking announced her retirement from competitive Swimming on 3 March 2017.[6]

Personal

Hocking was born in Wangaratta Victoria, she started swimming when she was 4.[6] Belinda went to St. Bernard's Catholic Primary School Wangaratta, Victoria. Her principal was Mark Walsh. She swims at Nunawading Swimming Club Inc.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Results – Tuesday 5 October". BBC Sport. 5 October 2010. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Belinda Hocking" (PDF). Clubsonline. Retrieved 17 April 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Belinda Hocking" (PDF). Clubsonline. Retrieved 17 April 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Belinda Hocking". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Belinda Hocking Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d "Belinda Hocking | fina.org - Official FINA website". www.fina.org. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Belinda Hocking" (PDF). Clubsonline. Retrieved 17 April 2010.[permanent dead link]

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