At 23, Rebecca Adlington, Olympic gold and bronze medallist is to retire from swimming, bringing an end to a glittering career. Adlington, the golden girl of British swimming won two gold medals in the 400 and 800m freestyle at the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejing and two bronze medals in the same events four years later at London 2012.
Adlington, born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire started swimming with Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club, and was selected for the Nottinghamshire County Swim Squad.
Adlington is a hugely talented athlete, however it is important to remember the importance of the people who stood behind her success. It is not just the swimmers which have to deliver in the pool, but the infrastructure and staff behind them also need to be at the top of their game. Adlington’s success was a testament to the hard work of countless swimming teachers, life guards and pool managers.
The Register of Aquatic Professionals has been developed with those involved directly in the aquatic industry. The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and Swimming Teacher Association (STA) have all worked in partnership with SkillsActive to develop RAPs. The Register aims to drive the professionalism of the aquatic sector, providing support to employers, individuals and the general public.
By getting the basics right we can ensure that Britain continues to produce swimmers that are the same calibre as Rebecca Adlington.
Adlington will now focus her attention on her “Rebecca Adlington Swim Stars” programme which will encourage young people to take up swimming.
We, at the Register of Aquatic Professionals wish her all the best!