Becky announces retirement
5 February, 2013
Becky Retires from Elite Swimming and Announces Vision
Great Britain's most successful ever swimmer, Becky Adlington,
has today announced her retirement from international competition
and also set out her vision for her legacy, which she sees as her
greatest challenge in swimming.
During a stellar career, Adlington won multiple Olympic, World,
European and Commonwealth Games gold medals. She competed in four
Olympic finals, winning two Gold and two Bronze medals in Beijing
and London respectively.
She remains the current world record holder in the 800m
Freestyle, and undoubtedly the greatest swimmer that Great Britain
has ever produced, not to mention one of the most successful female
athletes in British Olympic history.
Despite her retirement, her passion for swimming remains
undiminished, and she has set out a vision that will prove to be
her biggest challenge to date.
Becky says; "I'm very proud of what I have achieved so far, but
my journey is not finished yet. My vision is that every child in
Britain will be able to swim 25 metres by the time they leave
primary school. Being able to swim is such a wonderful life skill,
and I see this as my greatest challenge in swimming."
Becky aims to achieve her vision through her 'Becky Adlington's
SwimStars' initiative, which she has been working on for the last
two years. This will involve establishing her learn to swim
programs in leisure centres, hotel pools and school pools across
Becky will soon be a fully qualified Level 1 and 2 swimming
teacher, and will instill her key values of respect, friendship,
courage and persistence into her teaching programs.
On the news of her retirement, Olympic legends Lord Coe, Michael
Phelps, Ian Thorpe and Sir Chris Hoy congratulated Becky on a
Lord Coe says: "Becky Adlington's unforgettable success in
Beijing inspired a generation to get in the pool and swim. Her down
to earth personality and remarkable career achievements have made
her a national treasure. Becky's vision for the future of grass
roots swimming in this country will create a wonderful legacy from
one of our greatest Olympians. I have no doubt this vision will be
pursued with the same drive, dedication and determination as Becky
consistently displayed in the pool."
Michael Phelps comments: "Our paths have crossed many times over
the years - at meets and through a shared sponsor. Her
accomplishments speak for themselves, she has been a great
representative for British Swimming and the sport overall. I
congratulate her on a fantastic career and wish her all the best in
Sir Chris Hoy says; "Becky and I have become great friends over
the years since the Beijing Olympics. The sheer scale of what she
has achieved, not only for herself but also for swimming in this
country, is amazing. She's been the standard bearer of her sport
for a long time now and I expect that to be the case for many years
Ian Thorpe comments; "Becky has been an invaluable asset to
British swimming and has been a huge inspiration to young people
taking up the sport. She can look back on her career with huge
pride and satisfaction. I'm delighted that she's decided to create
her own legacy, establishing swimming as a 'life skill' is such an