NICK GILLINGHAM  M.B.E.
SPORTING BIOGRAPHY

 

Date of Birth: 22nd January 1967
Nationality: British
Status: Married
Children:  Samuel Joseph Gillingham
born 5th November 1996
  Oliver James Gillingham
born 16th September 2000
  Benjamin Nicholas Gillingham born 22nd September 2002
Residence: West Midlands

CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS (All Breaststroke)  

Records Held :-

1993 European record short course 200mts Palma 4th December 1993                                                       2:07.91

1992 Commonwealth record long course 100mts Sheffield 21st may 1992                                                  1:01.33

1992 Commonwealth record long course 200mts Barcelona 29th July 1992                                                 2:11.29

1992 European record long course 200mts Sheffield 23rd May 1992                                                            2:11.62

1992 European record long course 200mts Sheffield 23rd May 1992                                                            2:11.98

1991 Commonwealth record long course 200mts Athens 23rd August 1991                                                  2:12.55

1991 World record short course 200mts Birmingham 20th October 1991                                                    2:07.93

1990 World record short course 200mts Leicester 27th January 1991                                                         2:08.15

1989 European record short course 200mts Montreal 30th November 1989                                                2:09.49

1989 European record short course 200mts Bonn 11th February 1989                                                         2:09.81

1989 European record short course 200mts Bonn 11th February 1989                                                         2:10.79

1989 World record long course 200mts Bonn 18th August 1989                                                                 2:12.90

1988 British record long course 200mts Seoul 23rd September 1988                                                            2:14.12

 

OLYMPIC GAMES

1996 ATLANTA 200mts 4th position moved to Bronze then reinstated finishing time 2:14.37

1992 BARCELONA 200mts Bronze finishing time 2:11.29

1992 BARCELONA 100mts 7th position finishing time 1:02.32

1992 BARCELONA medley relay 9th position (split time 1:01.62)

1988 SEOUL 200mts Silver finishing time 2:14.12

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS                                  

2000 MUNICH MASTERS Championships 50mts GOLD finishing time 29.98

2000 MUNICH MASTERS Championships 100mts GOLD finishing time 1:05.43

2000 MUNICH MASTERS Championships 200mts GOLD finishing time 2:21.03

1994 ROME 200mts 4th position finishing time 2:14.25          

1993 PALMA 200mts GOLD finishing time 2:07.91 New World Championship Record / European Record              

1993 PALMA 100mts 4th position finishing time 1:00.29

1993 PALMA medley relay Bronze (split time 59.93)

1991 PERTH 200mts Bronze finishing time 2:13.12

1986 MADRID 200mts 18th position finishing time 2:24.07 

 

COMMONWEALTH GAMES

1994 VICTORIA 200mts GOLD finishing time 2:12.54 New Commonwealth Games Record

1994 VICTORIA 100mts Silver finishing time 1:02.32

1994 VICTORIA medley relay Bronze (split time 1:02.12)

1990 AUCKLAND 200mts Bronze finishing time 2:16.02 (heats 2:15.11 new games record)

1990 AUCKLAND 100mts Bronze finishing time 1:03.02

1986 EDINBURGH 200mts Bronze finishing time 2:20.46

1986 EDINBURGH 100mts 9th position finishing time 1:06.12

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

2003 MILLAU MASTERS Championships 200mts GOLD finishing time 2:25.76 European Record

2003 MILLAU MASTERS Championships 100mts GOLD finishing time 1:06.09 European Record

2003 MILLAU MASTERS Championships 50mts GOLD finishing time 30.52

1999 INNSBRUCK MASTERS Championships 200mts GOLD finishing time 2:20.43 World Record

1999 INNSBRUCK MASTERS Championships 100mts GOLD finishing time 1:05.02 World Record

1993 SHEFFIELD 200mts GOLD finishing time 2:12.54 New Championship Record

1993 SHEFFIELD 100mts Silver finishing time 1:02.02

1993 SHEFFIELD medley relay Bronze (split time 1:00.78 2nd fastest all-time performance)

1991 ATHENS 200mts GOLD finishing time 2:12.55 New Championship Record

1989 BONN 200mts GOLD finishing time 2:12.90 New World Record

1989 BONN 100mts Bronze finishing time 1:02.12

1987 STRASBOURG 200mts 5th position finishing time 2:16.82

1987 STRASBOURG 100mts 6th position finishing time 1:03.52

 

AWARDS & POSITIONS Held

Awarded the M.B.E. in the new years honours list in 1993 by ‘Her Majesty the Queen’ for Services to Swimming

(Member of the Order to the British Empire )

Company Director for Sports Communication Group Limited 2003

Vice President to the National Swimming Trust 2002-2003 Charity No.1058338

Chairman to the City of Birmingham Swimming Club 2001 - 2003

Families Need Fathers Committee Member 2002 - 2003 (responsible for fundraising)

ACE UK Accreditation (United Kingdom Sports Institute)

Arena Distribution UK Ltd. Sports Marketing Manager 1999 - 2002

British Olympic Association ‘Planning for Success’ Course Presenter 1997 - 2001

British Olympic Association ‘Public Relations Manager’ Olympic Holding Camps 1999 - 2000

British Olympic Association ‘Ambassador of Sport’ 1997 - 2000

Trustee to the ASA National Swimming Trust 1998 - 2001 Charity No.1058338

ASA Swimming Development Consultant 1997 - 1999

Patron CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) 1997 - 1999

Staffordshire ASA Executive Committee 1997 - 1999

Birmingham City Council ‘Ambassador of Sport’ 1997 - 1998

ASA Athletes Council Member 1995 - 1998

Patron Kent Leaning Centre for Disabled Children 1990 - 1997

ASAGB Technical Committee Member 1994 - 1995

British Swimming Coaches Association Swimmer of the Year 1989 : 1992 : 1993

Staffordshire Swimming Team Manager 1989 - 1992 & 1998

English ASA Technical Committee Member 1989 - 1992

Birmingham Sports Personality of the Year 1991

 

Nick Gillingham was ranked number one in the world for the 200mts breaststroke during in the years 1989: 1990: 1991: 1993 and 1994 and number one in the world for the 100mts breaststroke in 1992. At different stages in a distinguished career he set 3 World, 10 European, 9 Commonwealth and 17 British records for his individual breaststroke events winning a total of 17 Championship medals including 5 gold. Nick has been European Champion for the 200mts Breaststroke on 3 consecutive occasions re-writing the history books in doing so. Nick has taken World and Commonwealth titles and at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games took Bronze, adding to his 1988 Olympic Silver.

 Nick retired from full-time competitive sport during 1996 and set up his own sports communication business ‘SCG Initiatives’ now Sports Communication Group Limited, as Company Director there is a focus on sports marketing, sports development and sports events. Nick has delivered ‘motivational’ and ‘planning for success’ programmes to many Olympic squads through his work with the British Olympic Association and was responsible for the Gold Coast Public Relations Community Link Programme on behalf of the British Olympic Association at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. As a television commentator, Nick covered the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and Commonwealth Games Trials for the BBC. Nick has presented motivational courses for regional and national businesses and has contributed to magazine articles and publications throughout the years. Nick developed the successful swimZoneä programme, a swimming fitness programme for all ages and abilities available to the public throughout leisure centres and health clubs throughout the UK .   

Nick is married to Claire and a Father of three, Samuel Jo seph Gillingham born on 5th November 1996 , Oliver James Gillingham born on 16th September 2000 and Benjamin Nicholas Gillingham born on 22nd September 2002 . He is a member of the charity Families Need Fathers and his hobbies include running, hill walking, camping and theatre.

Performance History:   -           Swimming 200 Metres Breaststroke

 

1986     -           Commonwealth Bronze Medallist
1987     -           European Finalist
1988     -           Olympic Silver Medallist
1989     -           European Champion
1989     -           World Record (long course)
1990     -           European Open Champion
1990     -           Commonwealth Bronze Medallist
1990     -           World Record (short course)
1991     -           World Championship Bronze Medallist
1991     -           European Champion
1991     -           World Record (short course)
1992     -           European Record
1992     -           Olympic Bronze Medallist
1992     -           Commonwealth Record
1993     -           World Champion
1993     -           European Champion
1993     -           Awarded the M.B.E. for services to swimming
1994     -           Commonwealth Champion
1996     -           Olympic Finalist  (beaten into 4th place by drug related performance)

 Records: (Individual Events)

 English Record for the 200 Metres Breaststroke still standing at 2min11sec29 set in the 1992 Olympic Final. The British Record set at the 1993 World Short Course Championships still stands at 2min07sec91

 

World                               3
European                      10
Commonwealth              9
British                            17

 

Medals: (14 Championship medals for individual events plus 3 Relay Bronze medals at the World, European and Commonwealth Games)

 

Olympic                        2                      silver: bronze
World                            3                      gold: bronze: bronze
European                     6                      gold: gold: gold: silver: bronze: bronze
Commonwealth           6                      gold: silver: bronze: bronze: bronze: bronze