Becky Adlington

Before Olympic winning swimmer Becky (recipent of 2 gold medals in 2008) entered ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! I had the chance to interview her for Wonderful Women, my space to celebrate women everywhere! Go be inspired!

Describe a typical day for you?
Whilst competing professionally, I used to spend much of my days training in the pool with my coach. Of course these sessions were broken up with appointments with my physio and nutritionist as well as gym fitness sessions.
Since retiring from international competitive swimming in February I have been busy setting up my own swimming school – Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars. This has allowed me to get really hands on with running a business. I do still manage to have time to head for a quick dip now and then again!

What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
Being Great Britain’s most successful ever swimmer is something that I am very proud of. Winning two gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games was the highlight of my swimming career. I worked incredibly hard to get to that point and it really was a dream come true.

What are your ambitions in life?
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.

This is one of the reasons for opening Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars. This programme is open to children up and down the country. It is an exciting learn to swim programme written by myself with the help of Alan Rapley and Linda Freeman, two of the most experienced and respected experts in teaching children to swim. My aim to provide the best and most enjoyable way for children to learn how to swim, focused on values such as excellence, determination, respect and friendship.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I am hoping to be very much still involved with Swim Stars and help it grow it from strength to strength. My passion is swimming and therefore I will continue to be involved in the sport, whether that be by coaching new generations of Olympic stars or commentating on championship competitions – I am keen to be involved as possible to ensure British swimming stays as fantastic as it is now.

What’s in your handbag/satchel etc?
The usual stuff, despite the Gold medals I’m a pretty normal person.

What advice would you give a budding Olympic swimmer?
If you want to succeed in something it is always important to keep focused. Train hard and keep believing and you can achieve anything you want. Ensure you keep your training fun and enjoyable as it will be much easier to reach those goals. It always helps to have an element of competition so join your local club and enter as many swimming galas as possible.

Finally, happiness is…
Being with my friends and family on holiday!
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12 Responses

  1. Franki | Little Luca & Me

    Amazing lady to interview! I started taking Luca swimming at 12 weeks to gain his confidence in water (something I don’t have). I know he could already get himself to the top of the water if he ever fell in, best thing I ever did and will continue to do xx

    • honestmum

      @Franki well done you, I felt so proud of you reading your blog posts on it. You made sure your own fears wouldn’t stop your son and that is so wonderful, you’re an inspiration too lady x

  2. Mama and More aka Zaz

    What a great person to interview! I wholeheartedly agree re swimming goals by primary school – I was a competitive swimmer from the age of 8, and it’s not only a vital life skill, but also gave a sense of confidence re being good at something. Wish her best of luck with those weirdos in the jungle!

  3. Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    Such a great interview. You know I love swimming, and swam the 5km Swimathon challenge last year. I was supposed to meet her at an event during half-term holidays, but I couldn’t make it. At least I am able to find some more about her from your blog.

    • honestmum

      @Mirka oh yes I remember, you are a brilliant swimmer. Sure you will have the chance to meet her at another event. Uju and I first met at an event where Stephen Parry was speaking. Such inspiring role models!

  4. Luci - Mother.Wife.Me

    Such a cool woman! And for the few minutes I was watching I’m A Celebrity earlier this week, she made me smile by the look on her face as she watched the girl who is a beauty queen try and teach Joey Essex how to tell the time.


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