Rebecca Adlington inspires young swimmers
Published: 30th Jul 2012 04:53:20
In a leisure centre in Mansfield dozens of friends and well-wishers had assembled to watch Olympic "icon" Rebecca Adlington.
Shouts of "C'mon Becky" and "Let's go Becky" rang out as Adlington swam in the 400m freestyle final 150 miles away at the Aquatics centre in London.
Watching on a big screen at the Oak Tree centre was her former coach Ian Negus, who worked with her when she was a teenager.
And after she battled back from sixth to claim a bronze medal, he said: "It's a fantastic result for her. She'll be happy with that."
It was Adlington's third Olympic medal after the two golds, for 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle, that she won in 2008 in Beijing.
"She's an inspiration to me. A real icon," said Chloe Holden, 10, who was watching with her mother and grandmother.
"I swim twice a day and want to be just like her."
Adlington learned to swim in the nearby Sherwood Baths in the Nottinghamshire town.
Among those watching were members of her former swimming teams - Sherwood Swimming Club and the Nova Development Squad, which selects the top swimmers from local teams.
I think she sets a fine example”
Owen Ottaway, 11, who swims with the current Nova Development Team and came with his family to watch Adlington, said: "She was fantastic. It's a brilliant result for her. She inspires me and makes me think if she can do it so can I.
"I'd love to take part in the Olympics one day just like her."
Earlier in the day Adlington had tweeted: "Just sneaked into tonights final in 8th place! Not expecting anything tonight, all I can do is my best :-) thank you for all the support x"
But after the race she tweeted: "Ahhhhhhhh bronze medal!!! Can't believe it! SOOO happy its unreal! The crowd was incredible! THANK YOU to everyone, your support is amazing!"
Back in Mansfield Mr Negus, who is head coach at Sherwood Swimming Club and worked with Adlington from the age of nine to 14, said: "I remember her being a very dedicated swimmer. Always listening to everything I told her and putting it into practice.
"She was always very nervous on the starting block when competing, though.
"I think she sets a fine example to the current Sherwood team and shows them what they can be capable of."
At 04:49:43 in HeadlinesFamilies of passengers on a sunken South Korean ferry have protested angrily over the rescue operation.
At 04:24:57 in HeadlinesA businessman appointed by the prime minister to head a quango managing public funds has resigned after reports that he had been declared bankrupt.
At 02:44:02 in HeadlinesOrthodox Easter messages from patriarchs in Kiev and Moscow have highlighted the deep division in Ukraine, where a tense stand-off is continuing in the east.
At 02:25:05 in HeadlinesIslamic extremism is the "most deadly" threat to charities in England and Wales, the Charity Commission has said.
At 01:59:57 in EnglandA mother has told of her family's lucky escape after their car caught fire in the lion enclosure at a safari park.
At 01:43:20 in HeadlinesResidents of a poor neighbourhood near the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro have set fire to vehicles in protest at the deaths of two people in incidents involving the police.
At 01:23:11 in HeadlinesFifty years ago, England was invaded. At least, that's what the headlines claimed.
At 01:21:43 in HeadlinesSymbols, patterns and colours have been used for millennia as ways to rally the troops, frighten foes, inspire loyalty, and recognise allies.
At 01:13:13 in BusinessMillions of people dream of starting their own company, but only some are brave enough to take the leap.
At 01:08:49 in EntertainmentBBC Two is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Sunday, 20 April, having been home to many landmark programmes over the decades.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Rebecca Adlington inspires young swimmers [Online] (Updated 30th Jul 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1443384/Rebecca-Adlington-inspires-young-swimmers [Accessed 20th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
Families of passengers on a sunken South Korean ferry have protested angrily over the rescue operation.
Two men have been seriously injured in a crash involving a motorcycle and a truck towing a boat in Ceredigion.
The Scottish government has announced a women-only Scottish cabinet event to debate issues related to the independence referendum.
Stick a bunch of people in a room with pizza, caffeine and a whole load of kit, wait 24 hours and something interesting emerges.
Millions of people dream of starting their own company, but only some are brave enough to take the leap.
Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning powered to victory in the women's pair at the British rowing trials at Caversham.