“Of course there but I re­ally love be­ing

No.1’ s Rosie chats to Olympic swim­mer Re­becca Adling­ton

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Af­ter a roller-coaster year in the lime­light, we caught up with Re­becca while she was in Scot­land to launch the 2016 Scotch Lamb Cam­paign by Qual­ity Meat Scot­land. We chat­ted to the star about ev­ery­thing from how she’s find­ing moth­er­hood, to her Olympic achieve­ments, tack­ling on­line trolls and whether or not you’ll see her on Strictly Come Danc­ing next year...

Do you come to Scot­land of­ten?

I’ve been here quite a lot ac­tu­ally. I’ve had many swim­ming com­pe­ti­tions here! My man­ager lives in West Kil­bride so I’ve been there a few times, and ob­vi­ously Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow – I’ve also been up to Aberdeen a few times. Every sin­gle time I come here, any place I go, the peo­ple are al­ways lovely and su­per friendly, es­pe­cially when I was here for the Com­mon­wealth games – it was just a great place to host the games, the peo­ple are great and there’s a real fam­ily feel.

You shot to fame af­ter your huge suc­cesses at the Olympics. What was that like?

I was 19 back in Beijing so it feels like a life­time ago. It’s nice to know I’m ‘fa­mous’ for some­thing! It’s been great for me and all the other Olympians – the sup­port we’ve had has been phe­nom­e­nal. I was to­tally shocked com­ing home from Beijing and find­ing that peo­ple wanted to talk to me and get a photo with me. Be­ing an Olympian is un­like any­thing else so I think peo­ple are re­ally fas­ci­nated in what we do. Peo­ple want to know how you train, what your day-to-day rou­tine is like – they gen­uinely care.

Have you al­ways wanted to be a swim­mer?

With­out a doubt. I’m from a re­ally small place so there’s not a mas­sive amount there but we’re very lucky to have two swim­ming pools. Every­one there is pas­sion­ate about teach­ing their chil­dren to swim so my mum and dad were al­ways keen to get us into it. Be­ing the baby of the fam­ily I wanted to do ev­ery­thing my big sis­ters could so I was al­ways des­per­ate to learn so I could get out of the baby pool and into the big­ger pool with them. I’ve al­ways looked up to my fam­ily when it comes to swim­ming, they in­spire and mo­ti­vate me.

You run a swim­ming scheme called Becky Adling­ton Swim Stars – what made you launch this?

Af­ter I heard that un­for­tu­nately 51 per cent of kids leave pri­mary school every year un­able to swim, that’s just in the UK alone, I wanted to make a change. That statis­tic ab­so­lutely as­tounded me.

“My man­ager lives in West Kil­bride so I’ve been to Scot­land quite a lot!” Other than the ob­vi­ous – what has sport given you?

So much more than just the ob­vi­ous, and the medals and things. It’s def­i­nitely made me who I am to­day. Sport makes you ed­u­cated in ways you wouldn’t have thought – peo­ple see go­ing to school as ed­u­ca­tion yet I’ve been ed­u­cated in so many dif­fer­ent ways through sport. I’ve learnt time man­age­ment, how to or­gan­ise my­self and work hard, I’ve learnt more about life­style and nu­tri­tion.

You’re a mum to gor­geous Sum­mer. What’s moth­er­hood been like for you?

Amaz­ing! She’s 16-months-old now so it’s just been in­cred­i­ble, she’s chang­ing every day. I’m lov­ing her lit­tle per­son­al­ity. Every stage is dif­fer­ent – she can now walk and is learn­ing how to talk. Every day is a new day and a chal­lenge. There are hard times of course but I love be­ing a mum.

How do you jug­gle such a busy work­ing life with your per­sonal life?

Be­ing or­gan­ised! I am a very or­gan­ised per­son and I have to ad­mit, I do ev­ery­thing by lists. I’ve got a cal­en­dar and I al­ways know what I’m do­ing and when I’m do­ing it.

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