Great Britain's most successful ever swimmer, Becky
Adlington, announced her retirement from international
competition in February 2013, and immediately set out her
vision for her legacy, which she sees as her greatest challenge in
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
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