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Freya Anderson MBE


Date of Birth

4 March 2001



Place of Birth



Ellesmere College Titans

Commonwealth Appearances

Freya Anderson was the queen of the relays at Birmingham 2022, with two silver and two bronze medals for Team England.

The 22-year-old now has a staggering six Commonwealth medals to her name, adding to her two bronze medals from the Gold Coast in 2018 and proving that, in an individual sport, she really is a team player.

In Birmingham, silver came in the form of 4x100m freestyle and the 4x100m mixed freestyle relays whilst there were further bronzes in the 4x100m mixed medley and 4x200m freestyle relays.

Most elite swimmers could probably be classed as ‘water babies’ but Anderson certainly doesn’t fall into that category.

She may have been racing competitively since she was nine, but detests swimming in the sea or any open water, and used to have such a dislike for her early lessons in the pool she would cling to her mum in a bid to avoid the water.

Anderson has also had to develop into an international swimmer, whilst being allergic to chlorine.

But her early childhood teething troubles with the sport are long forgotten now, and ever since winning the 100m freestyle at the 2017 World Junior Championships, the national team has had a new swimming star on its hands. 

In 2021, she made her Olympic debut in Tokyo where along with her Team GB teammates, she won 4x100m mixed medley gold after racing in the heats.

Tom Dean aka “The SubmaDean” followed up his double Olympic triumph at Tokyo 2020 by making history in Birmingham, becoming the first Home Nations athlete to win seven medals at a single Commonwealth Games.

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