It’s that time of year again – when everyone reflects back on the past 12 months, and gets excited about what’s to come in 2015. I’ve been doing just that. 2014 was an amazing year for myself both personally and professionally. It has been a very special year and one I will never forget.
The main, (and most obvious!) highlight was getting married. I was lucky enough to marry my best-friend, Harry Needs on the 31st August. The day itself was absolutely perfect and was everything we had hoped it would be. It’s always a special day when you have all your family and friends in one room as it happens so rarely. Thank you to everyone involved in making our day so incredible.
And the celebrations continued after the weeding as Harry and I discovered we are expecting our first child. I know for certain our lives are going to change in 2015 with the new arrival. We are just so excited and can’t wait to become parents!
Another highlight of mine was seeing my ‘Learn to Swim’ programme, ‘Becky Adlington Swim Stars’ grow. As of September we had been fully up and running for a year – to see how far it has come in that year is just mind-blowing.
Of course it’s had its ups and downs – as any new business does – but to be able to say we have over 3,000 kids learning to swim is so rewarding and overwhelming. The statistics of kids that leave primary school unable to swim are still so high and unfortunately that isn’t going to change overnight but to know we’re helping to lower that number is an amazing feeling.
A huge thank you to all the parents that are bringing their children along as there’s nothing better than seeing the kids having fun, being safe and growing in confidence in the water.
Another massive thank you to everyone that has worked on this from all the teachers at all the venues, to the staff in the office and everyone at Total Fitness. I hope the programme continues to grow and develop in 2015 and beyond!
My final major highlight of the year was the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. What a Games!! I was even able to attend my very first opening ceremony of a major games.
The atmosphere in Glasgow was simply incredible. From the crowds in the venues, to the volunteers, to the people on the streets of Glasgow. Everyone got behind and supported the athletes which was amazing to see. I was lucky enough to be working with the BBC team as a pundit for the swimming. It was incredible experience for myself, working alongside Clare Balding and Mark Foster. A huge thank you to the BBC for giving me that opportunity. I loved it!!
Massive congratulations to all the athletes competing in the Games but especially the swimmers. The swimming team have had a couple of really tough years, but this summer they absolutely dominated and showed everyone what they are made of. It’s going to be an exciting 2015 with the World Championships coming up and just a year to go until Rio Olympics 2016!!!
Bring it on!