Rebecca Adlington OBE

Rebecca Adlington OBE

Olympic Swimming Champion

Synopsis

Becky swam in her first Olympics in Beijing, winning golds in 400m and 800m freestyle events, breaking a World Record on the way. She became the first woman to take swimming gold for Great Britain in forty years, and the first in a century to scoop two victories at a single Games. Going on to take two bronzes in London, and World and Commonwealth 800m titles, Becky then retired from competition. With a burgeoning media career as well as heading programmes to train swimming teachers and ensure primary school-age children can swim, Becky discussed the focus, motivation and purpose she has brought to life in and out of the pool.

Biography

Rebecca Adlington made her Olympic debut in Beijing and went on to win both 400m and 800m freestyle events. It saw her become the first woman to take swimming gold for Great Britain in over forty years and the first in a century to secure two wins at a single Games.

After a successful club career Becky joined TeamGB aged just 19 and travelled to China for the 2008 Games. After her sensational double-gold win, during which she broke the World 800m record, she went on to take Commonwealth and World Aquatics 800m gold shortly afterwards. At the London 2012 Games she added to her medal tally with two bronze medals.

After retiring from competition Becky combined a media career with work for charities and schemes to promote swimming and sport in general. Her Swim Stars programme aims to ensure every child in the country is able to swim 25m before starting secondary school, whilst Becky Adlington Training focuses on developing swimming teachers. She is a BBC commentator and pundit covering Olympic, World and European competitions. She has also appeared on TV shows from I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and 8 Out of 10 Cats to celebrity versions of MasterChef, The Chase and Come Dine With Me.

In speeches, Becky takes audiences through her sporting journey, reflecting on the motivation and dedication, the teamwork, marginal gains and sacrifice required to beat the best in the world.

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