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From the daily grind of swimming to her new coffee shop - Fran Halsall reveals why she's retired

Three-time Olympian Fran Halsall has revealed plans to open a coffee shop after announcing her retirement from swimming.

The 26-year-old, from Southport, is going into business with Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish and will open a shop in Altrincham, Cheshire, in the spring.

Fran hasn't had far to turn for advice as her boyfriend, St Helens rugby league star Jon Wilkin, also runs a coffee shop in central Manchester.

Fran has been discussing her decision to retire with Mike Hall.


The sensational swimmers who bagged 10 Euro medals will celebrate....with food

They won 10 medals between them at the inaugural European Games in Baku. Now Abbie Wood, Holly Hibbott and Maddie Crompton are back home in the North West and ready to celebrate - with food. Croissants, pizza and chocolate are the order of the day after months of combining demanding training sessions with school studies. The trio are now targeting the Olympics and have not ruled out the Rio games next year. They popped into the Granada Reports studio to speak to Mike Hall.


Southport swimmer Fran Halsall collects a second Gold medal at the European Championships

Southport's swimmer Fran Halsall has struck gold again at the European Championships in Berlin.

Halsall beat fellow Briton Georgia Davies by one hundredth of a second to win the 50m backstroke final in 27.81.

It's her second Gold medal of the championships, after success in the 100 metre freestyle mixed relay.

She's also bringing home a Bronze medal from the 50 metre butterfly.

Can new pool change women's attitude to sport?

The Olympic gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington, and the Minister for Sport, Helen Grant, are opening the new re-locatable swimming pool at Broad Oak High School in Bury today.

The pool is part of Sport England and Bury Council's I Will If You Will project. It's testing what would help to change the sporting habits of women and girls. What happens in Bury will be studied to help increase the number of women participating in sport across the country.

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