Rebecca Adlington swaps the Caribbean for Essex to promote Olympic legacy

Rebecca Adlington visits Essex to promote Olympic legacy

Rebecca Adlington visits Essex to promote Olympic legacy

One week she’s hosting a swim workshop in the turquoise seas of the Caribbean’s Palm Island Resort. The next it’s, er, Basildon’s Sporting Village. 

OK so it’s not quite so glamorous a location but then Olympic Freestyle Champion Rebecca Adlington did have a serious reason for her visit – to promote the Olympic legacy to the next generation, alongside another former Olympic swimmer Stephen Parry.

Kicking off the fourth Legacy Games Day in Basildon, Becky, 25 – who won two golds in Beijing and two bronzes at the recent London 2012 Olympics – was on hand to inspire kids of all abilities to get involved with sport while instructors guided the young competitors on how to take part in various sporting activities. A total of 1000 kids aged 7-11 across the area took part in the Games.

Says Rebecca Adlington: “Getting kids active is vitally important and the Legacy Games Day engages them in a fun way.”

“I enjoy encouraging the children to try something new and try their best,” she adds.

Also while she was in Essex, Adlington announced that Everyone Active is also planning to deliver free school swimming for the next Academic year, starting September 2014.