MANSFIELD folk have been giving their reaction to Becky Adlington’s retirement this week.
The town’s golden girl called time on her glittering career yesterday and is now hoping to help youngsters learn to swim across the district.
We spoke to residents in Mansfield town centre today to ask them what they thought about the decision.
Blidworth’s Kevin Walker said it was tough for her to keep up with upcoming athletes, but wished her well for the future.
“She’s gone at the right time. The younger swimmers are maybe too good for her now,” he said.
Forest Town’s Pauline Riley said: “It’s her choice and she did really well. If she can inspire other kids to swin then that’s a good thing.”
Mansfield’s Vicky Crawford said she was surprised by the announcement but thinks Becky has helped put the town on the map.
“I’m shocked. She did a lot for Mansfield. Coaching children is a brilliant way to move forward,” she said.
Forest Town’s Kai Langrick said: “You could tell from her performance at the Olympics that she’s not happy. She knows it’s limit, she’s already reached her peak.”
Mansfield’s Roy Pycroft: “It’s a shame really. She has give so much dedication. Twenty three seems young but it’s not for a swimmer, not at that level.”