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London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist gives Midlands youngsters a swimming lesson

London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist, Josef Craig, has been swimming with children in Walsall to celebrate the efforts of youngsters who are learning the sport.

Last month, a survery by the Amateur Swimming Association revealed that almost fifty per cent of children ageed seven to eleven in the West Midlands cannot swim twenty five metres on their own.

He told ITV News Central that anyone can get involved in swimming.

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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.

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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!!"

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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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Michael Phelps tribute to 'fantastic' Rebecca Adlington

Michael Phelps, the 18-times Olympic gold medal winner, has paid his tribute to Rebecca Adlington's "fantastic career."

Our paths have crossed many times over the years - at meets and through a shared sponsor.

Her accomplishments speak for themselves, she has been a great representative for British Swimming and the sport overall. I congratulate her on a fantastic career and wish her all the best in the future.

– Michael Phelps
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Olympians tributes to Rebecca Adlington

Olympians have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Rebecca Adlington and to wish her luck as she retires from competitive swimming.

Boxer Anthony Ogogo, heptathlete Louise Hazel and open water swimmer Kari-anne Payne tweeted:

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