THE proud mum of Mansfield swimming hero Becky Adlington says her daughter will go on to inspire hundreds of young people across the county.
Kay Adlington and her husband Steve were by their daughter’s side when she announced her retirement from elite swimming in London yesterday.
Having watched Becky’s career develop and prosper over the years, Kay feels her daughter has made the right decision to turn her attention to teaching kids how to swim.
“It was an emotional decision, but she feels she has made the right one,” she said.
“She has no regrets and has achieved everything she possibly could in swimming and especially the way she did it - from winning two golds in Beijing to a home Olympics in London.
“She feels her passion has changed from competing to teaching swimming, she feels she has taken a lot out of the sport and now wants to give something back.”
Becky has already begun coaching youngsters, as young as three and four, and Kay hopes her daughter can discover another superstar swimmer in the coming years.
“We, as a family, have had a big involvement in swimming at Sherwood Swimming Baths for many years,” she added.
“Swimming is a great sport to compete in or just for a leisure activity for families and Becky really wants to help others.
“She understands the system, she has come through at grass roots level, from the bottom to the top, and has so much experience to pass on.
“Three or four-year-olds will not know who she is but they will be part of a legacy and hopefully, in 20 years time they will be bringing their daughters to Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre.”