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Rebecca Adlington 'daunted' by jungle experience

Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington said that heading for the jungle for ITV's I'm a Celebrity is going to be one of the toughest challenges of her life.

Speaking ahead of the show she said: “The daunting thing for me is the mixture of everything – you are starving, not sleeping very well and trying to cope with the boredom.

Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington Credit: ITV press office

“Normally with an athlete, you can prepare for everything. You can’t control the race but you can train to the best of your ability.

“The jungle is a lot tougher because you have no clue how to handle it and you don’t know who the other people are. Nobody has ever lived in a jungle and done all the trials before and so at least we are on a level playing field in that sense!”

Rebecca Adlington heads to the jungle for I'm a Celeb

Mansfield's four times Olympic medalist Rebecca Adlington has been announced as one of this year's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! contestants.

Rebecca Adlington and the I'm a Celebrity contestants Credit: ITV press office

Rebecca joins Fresh Prince actor Alfonso Ribeiro and TOWIE's Joey Essex in the jungle.

The series starts on ITV on Sunday at 9pm.

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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.

Rebecca Adlington opens school library in Mansfield

Double Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington, has today opened a Mansfield school's newly-refurbished library.

The renovation at Oak Tree Primary School was possible thanks to a £10,000 grant to support school libraries in areas of deprivation.

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

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Rebecca Adlington announces retirement, full report

Swimming star Becky Adlington from Nottinghamshire is retiring from the pool at the age of 23. She's decided to quit competitive sport because she feels she's too old to take on the very best.

Adlington won two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Peter Bearne's report contains flash photography from the start.

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