Rebecca Adlington OBE

The greatest swimmer Great Britain has ever produced

Rebecca Adlington is an extremely in-demand Olympic speaker and former swimming champion who readily admits to being surprised how she went from being an enthusiastic swimmer aged three to being a multiple Olympic, Commonwealth, European and world medallist.

Rebecca competed in four Olympic finals, winning four medals in total – two gold in Beijing and two bronze in London in front of her home crowd. While she was in Beijing, Adlington also broke a 19-year-old world record in the 800m freestyle. She considers this to be the highlight of her career and to this day she still struggles with the title of the greatest swimmer that Great Britain has ever produced.

Inspired by her experience at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Rebecca started up her own Becky Adlington Swim Stars learn-to-swim programme which aims to ensure every UK pupil leaves primary school with the ability to swim 25m. The Olympic speaker retired from competitive swimming in 2013 and – apart from inspiring and mentoring others – she has appeared on various television shows as a pundit (covering such events as the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games). She has also appeared on TV as a celebrity, including a spell on the jungle survival programme I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Other achievements that Rebecca is proud of include having her local swimming baths – where she spent her early years in the pool – renamed as the Rebecca Adlington Swim Centre. She also became an ambassador for the Encephalitis Society and was awarded an OBE.

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