Since she first dipped her feet in the swimming pool aged three, Rebecca Adlington has not looked back. She is now one of the world’s greatest swimmers, with multiple Gold medals to her name Rebecca’s Olympic performance is regarded to be the best in swimming history. When booked for events, she reflects on her incredible career, including the resilient mindset she needed to harness to overcome mental health struggles.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Rebecca gave one of the best performances of her athletic career. She earned two Olympic Gold medals, and became the first female GB athlete to succeed in her discipline since 1960 and the first swimmer to win more than one Gold medal since 1908. With a time of 8:14.10, she also set a new World Record, which was held until 2013.
Rebecca’s many first-place finishes include at the World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games, where she continued to break records and set the standard of swimming. With a string of medals to her name, she was ranked number one in the 800-metre freestyle and number two in the 400-metre freestyle, a testament to Rebecca’s unrivalled talent. She has since turned her attention to presenting and media appearances, starring in The Jump, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, and hosting sports coverage for the BBC.
In celebration of her success, Rebecca has had swimming centres, pubs and even high-speed trains named after her. She was awarded the Sportswoman of the Year in 2008, and in 2009 received an OBE. At the 2016 Olympics, 2017 World Aquatics Championships and 2018 European Championships, Rebecca applied her exceptional knowledge of competing to BBC’s media coverage. Such regular appearances make Rebecca one of the most instantly recognisable sporting celebrities at events. Having experienced first-hand the damaging effects of high-pressure situations on the mind, she now tours the speaking circuit to share her stories and advice.
“Thank you so much for Friday, everyone loved your straight-talking, honest and interesting session. You understood the tone of the event perfectly and all the attendees remarked at how down-to-earth you were and lovely it was when you stayed for photos and chatted with everyone. Thanks again for all the dedication you showed, was much appreciated and the event was a real success.”- Ollie Sidwell, RMP Enterprise