ONE is a two-time Olympic champion, the other a GB rookie – but Rebecca Adlington insists Sheffield swimmer Ellie Faulkner will need no helping hand from her at London 2012.
While Adlington’s qualification for the Games was a foregone conclusion at March’s British Gas Championships, Faulkner was a surprise package in London.
The 19-year-old secured herself a trio of appearances on the podium at the British Championships – bagging two Olympic swims, in the 800m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay.
The trip to London will be Faulkner’s first major senior international championship – Faulkner was winning a Youth Olympic Games gold less than two years ago.
But despite her inexperience among the big boys of world swimming Adlington insists Faulkner doesn’t need to pick her brains ahead of the Games.
“The Olympics will be Ellie’s first major team and it is so easy to forget because she is so professional,” said Adlington, who launched the British Gas ‘Free Swims for Britain’ campaign, which is giving away swimming sessions to those who sign up online to back our swimmers, as they prepare for the biggest competition of their careers.
“Because she is so professional I don’t think any of us needs to pass on any advice to her because she’s so on it already. With a lot of younger guys you have to sit down and say ‘make sure you do this’ and the head coach sits down with them to tell them too.
“But with Ellie she is so good and has not just scraped on to the team; she has nailed it and completely earned her place.”
Rebecca Adlington is a British Gas ambassador. British Gas is getting the nation to show its support for the British Swimming Teams and is giving away free swims. Simply visit www.britishgas.co.uk/freeswimming