Order of the British Empire
Laureaus World Breakthrough of the Year 2009
Sports Journalist Association of Great Britain’s Sportswoman of the Year, 2008 2011
Shanghai, World Championships 800m Freestyle: Gold 2011
Shanghai, World Championships 400m Freestyle: Silver 2011
Dehli Commonwealth Games 400m Freestyle: Gold 2010
Dehli Commonwealth Games 800m Freestyle: Gold 2010
Dehli Commonwealth Games 200m Freestyle: Bronze 2010
Rome World Championships 400m Freestyle: Bronze 2009
Rome World Championships 4 x 200m Freestyle: Bronze 2009
Beijing Olympics 400m Freestyle: Gold 2008
Beijing Olympics 800m Freestyle: Gold *WORLD RECORD TIME 2008
Great Britain’s most successful ever swimmer, Becky Adlington, announced her retirement from international competition in February 2013, and immediately set out her vision for her legacy, which she sees as her greatest challenge in swimming. During a stellar career, Adlington won multiple Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games gold medals. She competed in four Olympic finals, winning two Gold and two Bronze medals in Beijing and London respectively.
She remains the current world record holder in the 800m Freestyle, and undoubtedly the greatest swimmer that Great Britain has ever produced, not to mention one of the most successful female athletes in British Olympic history. Despite her retirement, her passion for swimming remains undiminished, and she has set out a vision that will prove to be her biggest challenge to date. Becky says; “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.”
Becky aims to achieve her vision through her ‘Becky Adlington’s SwimStars’ initiative, which she has been working on for the last two years. This will involve establishing her learn to swim programs in leisure centres, hotel pools and school pools across the country.