Rebecca Adlington: Olympic Swimmer

Double Olympic Gold medallist swimmer Rebecca Adlington encourages girls to take up swimming.

Presenter Jess Creighton meets the legendary 400 and 800 m swimmer at Stockport’s Life Leisure pool. Rebecca explains how she first got started in the sport, by just learning to swim for holidays. She talks about the positives of learning to swim - including the fact that it's potentially a life-saving skill as well as a sporting activity. Rebecca addresses teenage body image issues around being seen in swimwear, and points out what swimming has done for her in terms of fitness, life skills, travel, making friends and giving her a career. We see her coach young swimmers at her Swim Stars club in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and takes a Q and A session about being a top swimmer and an inspirational sporting legend. Finally, she gives presenter Jess some top tips on improving her front crawl.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 2/3 Rebecca was an Olympic Gold medallist and competed in front of millions of people worldwide which meant all eyes were on her! This clip could be used to stimulate a discussion on when we might need to venture into a swimming pool and the different places where we might swim. The class may discuss what different activities can be done in a swimming pool and when they do these? She talks about body image during the clip, what does she say about how being ‘half naked’ is okay? How did Rebecca say her body didn’t stop her swimming? Children could produce a poster with coaching tips to help others get into swimming, they must write on the poster why swimming is good for you? What benefits you get out of swimming? Why should you get into swimming? Student could also discuss a time when they felt anxious? When do you feel anxious about doing something? How do we overcome this? Overcoming the fear of a new challenge?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Physical Education and Modern Studies at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd, 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.