No chip off the gold block

Olympian Re­becca: My girl can’t swim

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY VIKKI WHITE

DOU­BLE Olympic Gold swim­mer Re­becca Adling­ton tasted de­feat when she took daugh­ter Sum­mer to a pool... she can’t swim.

The two-year-old showed none of the skills of her mum – who won the 400m and 800m freestyle in 2008 – or pro-swim­mer dad Harry Needs, 25.

“She has no swim­ming abil­ity, bless her,” laughs Re­becca, 28. “She’s aw­ful. We take her for lessons and her legs go ev­ery­where. Her arms are all over the place. She’s got no co-or­di­na­tion.

“But she ab­so­lutely loves the wa­ter – that’s the main thing. She has such a laugh. She loves jump­ing in and has no fear. I’d love her to be part of sport but I see her do­ing some­thing like gymnastics.”

De­spite split­ting with Harry, the pair co-par­ent Sum­mer. “I just love her more ev­ery day,” she says. “We have such a close re­la­tion­ship. Moth­er­hood changed me.

“I work three days a week and the rest of the time I’m with her.”

Re­becca was a fi­nal­ist on Celebrity MasterChef 2017 and pro­motes LovePork.

vikki.white@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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