Rebecca Adlington

Adlington to make 'major announcement'

Rebecca Adlington will today make a ‘major announcement’ at a press conference in London regarding the future of her career in swimming.

Rebecca Adlington

Thousands to welcome home Games' heroes

A quartet of Olympic and paralympic medallists led by Rebeca Adlington will be welcomed home by thousands in their home town of Mansfield.

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Swimming stars come to Sheffield for Leukaemia Research

Dozens of swimming stars - including our very own Rebecca Adlington - will be testing their skills at a leisure centre in Sheffield.

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But it's not about winning medals. Instead they are there to celebrate a son's love for his mother.

Local swimmer Lewis Coleman organised this very special world record attempt to raise money for Leukaemia Research, as his mother battles with the condition.


Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington burgled

Swimming star Rebecca Adlington said she is "so relieved" after her Olympic medals were found following a break-in at her home.

The double Olympic champion had tweeted that she was "shaking" and "in absolute pieces" after believing the irreplaceable items had been stolen.

But she later shared her relief that they had been found and thanked fans for their concern. Her boyfriend's car is still missing.


Rebecca Adlington announces engagement

Double Olympic medalist, Rebecca Adlington, has announced on Twitter that she is engaged.

Rebecca began her swimming career in Mansfield before competing at two Olympic Games where she won four medals – two gold and two bronze.

She's engaged to fellow swimmer Harry Needs.


Had the best weekend ever!!! Thank you @harryneeds for making me the happiest person ever right now #engaged #isaidyes


Popped the big question to the wifey @beckadlington & were now #engaged #shesaidyes happiest man on earth



Rebecca Adlington looks forward to a 'new chapter'

Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington has thanked all those who have supported her throughout her career.

In a series of tweets and in a longer article on her website Rebecca thanked, "all my swimming teaches/coaches when I was young. You made it so much fun!"

In a statement connected to her retirement she also said, "To everyone in Mansfield who has believed in me from day one. It will always be my home. I'm a proud Mansfield girl!!"


Obviously I have announced the end of my competitive swimming career. Sad in many ways but also so exciting. New chapter of my life begins!


Thank you so everyone who supported me! Too many to thank in 140 characters so all said here...


Its been an incredible journey, one I will treasure and remember for the rest of my life. Thank you x


Rebecca Adlington 'will stay involved in swimming'

Speaking to ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott, Rebecca Adlington has said she will stay involved with swimming as she retires from competition.

She said; "swimming is my passion, it's been that since I was young. Since i was four years old, getting in the pool I just absolutely loved it. I want to stay involved with that in all levels."

The double Olympic champion also explained why she is retiring at just 23-years-old saying, "women tend to be four years younger then men [on the team] and especially for my event, for distance swimming you are a lot younger."


Seb Coe hails Rebecca Adlington's 'remarkable' career

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.

– British Olympic Association Chair Lord Sebastian Coe
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