Make a splash to get fit, says swim star Rebecca

Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington in Sheffield
Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington in Sheffield
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OLYMPIC double gold medallist Rebecca Adlington came to Sheffield to encourage people young and old to take up swimming.

She stressed you don’t have to want to be a champion to give it a try and have fun.

The 800-metre and 400-metre freestyle star was in Barker’s Pool to promote swimming to mums and young children.

Rebecca, aged 22, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, who has an aunt in Chesterfield, said: “It’s good to try swimming from an early age but a lot of children miss out these days because their parents don’t swim.

“But you are never too old to try - my sister taught someone in their 80s!

“And you don’t need to want to take part in the Olympics to give it a go. Swimming is a great way to get fit, rehabilitate after an injury, and stay in shape if you are pregnant.

“Learning how to swim enables kids to feel confident in the water and opens the door to a range of other water sports.”

Rebecca said that people in Sheffield have a good range of pools to learn in - not least Ponds Forge, where she has trained and which she describes as amazing.

During the event in Barker’s Pool with swimwear brand Speedo’s Sea Squad Mascots, Rebecca chatted to fans and signed autographs.

She also received support for next summer’s London Olympic Games.

Youngsters who attended could have their faces painted and meet the Sea Squad characters.

Their parents were able to have a look at Speedo’s range of products.

Everyone who visited the Speedo Roadshow received a free swim voucher for Ponds Forge.

The first 20 mums and their children to arrive at the Speedo Roadshow received a Speedo Learn to Swim towel worth £16.