The UK has many talented swimmers with significant achievements in international competitions. There are many Olympic class pools throughout the country so that anyone who wants to train for this competition can do it in the best possible conditions. All you have to do is join a swimming club and find a coach who knows what he’s doing. After that, it’s all up to your abilities and willingness to work toward a goal. Let’s see who these hard working young men and women are and what contributions they brought to the list of British swimming achievements.
Born in 1994, Benjamin Proud, or simply Ben, as he is nicknamed in the world of swimming, was born in London and represents the country in various championships such as the Olympic games in Rio, the LEN European Aquatics and the FINA World Aquatics Championship. He is specialized in freestyle and butterfly considering he is the Commonwealth champion in the 50m races for these styles. He owns a few British records for 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly. He trains at the Plymouth Leander SC.
Born in 1989, Rebeca “Becky” Adlington has trained at the Nova Centurion swimming club under the supervision of coach Bill Furniss. She was the happy winner of 2 gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 400m and 800m freestyle races. Becky also had good results 4 years later at London where she won bronze medals in the 400m and 800m freestyle races. After these successes, Rebecca retired at age 23 admitting that she couldn’t compete any longer with the younger generation of athletes. Nonetheless, she remains Britain’s first female Olympic swimming champion in 48 years.
Scott grew up in Alboa and he went to Strathallan School on a sport scholarship. Training at the University of Stirling, he won 5 gold medals at the 2015 European Games. Moreover, he has 2 silver medals at the Rio Olympics for 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m medley. He was also the winner of the 2015 World Championship at 4x100m freestyle and the European Championships in London, 2016: 4x100m medley and 4x100m mixed medley.
Also known as Jimmy, James Guy was born in 1995. He was the winner of the 200m and 4x200m freestyle races at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships. Jimmy broke a British record at the 400m freestyle by taking the bronze medal for England at Glasgow 2014. Before swimming in senior competitions, he was also very successful in junior contests. both national and worldwide.
Born in 1990 in England, Francesca “Fran” Halsall is coached by James Gibson at the Loughborough University. In 2006, she took the gold at the European Aquatics Championships for the 4x100m medley race. She represented Great Britain in 2008 at Beijing and in 2012 at London even though she did not win any medals. However, Fran set a FINA championship record in 2009 for the 100m freestyle race. She also had outstanding results in the 2012 Commonwealth Games at New Delhi by winning a gold medal while setting a new national record for 50m butterfly.
While all these swimmers are very different from each other, they still have an important thing in common. They have all spent hundreds of hours in the pool training to make their dreams come true, to become the best of the best. Nobody takes an Olympic medal without dedication and sacrifices, but as most athletes will probably tell you, the prize is worth effort. All of them should be appreciated for their efforts not just by their race time on a board.