Rebecca Adlington OBE

Rebecca Adlington OBE

  • Great Britain’s most successful ever swimmer.
  • A four-time Olympic medallist in the 400m and 800m
  • Inspirational Motivational Speaker

Becky is Great Britain’s most successful ever swimmer.

She became a household name following her double Olympic Gold medal winning performance at the Beijing Games in August 2008 and her unique blend of charisma and charm, along with her dedication and professionalism in the pool, has made her a role model for female athletes around the world.

In honour of her achievements, Rebecca was awarded an OBE in 2009. Becky’s drive and thirst for success meant that she won a medal in each of the Olympic finals she swam.

A four-time Olympic medallist in the 400m and 800m Freestyle, she won two Gold medals in Beijing 2008 and two Bronze medals in London 2012.

A mainstay for the BBC’s coverage of the 2015, 2017 and 2022 World Championships, the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2018 and 2022 European Championships, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as the 2019 and 2020 International Swimming League, Becky is an articulate and respected media presence.

Following her retirement, Becky announced a vision for her legacy: Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars – a swimming initiative with the goal that every child in Britain will be able to swim 25 metres by the time they leave primary school. Her famous drive is channelled into this vision and Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars is now the fastest growing high profile learn to swim company in the country. 

Becky is an ambassador of the Encephalitis Society, a national charity and the only resource of its kind in the world supporting people affected by the illness. In June 2016, Becky became a Patron of Women in Sport to help support the charity’s work in transforming sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK.

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