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Webchat with Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington and her mum Kay (plus a chance to win a pool party for your child!), TODAY, Thursday 15 November, 12.30-1.30pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-Nov-12 17:41:43

Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington and her mum, Kay, are joining us on Thursday 15 November at 12.30pm for a live webchat. As well as talking about her own experiences as an Olympic swimmer, Kay will be sharing what it was like getting up every morning to take her daughter swimming for all those many years!

Rebecca will also be offering advice on how to get your children and you to enjoy swimming. Rebecca is currently working with Speedo on their Learn To Swim campaign, which was launched in response to research findings that an astonishing 40% of children can't swim. Join Rebecca at 12.30pm on Thurs or send a question in advance to this thread.

Rebecca and Kay have also just launched 'The S Factor' competition inviting kids under ten to draw a new sea character to join the Speedo Sea Squad. Anyone can enter at www.mumsnet.com/microsites/speedo until 29 November. The winner will be chosen by Rebecca and Kay and will win a free pool party hosted by Rebecca herself and the Speedo Sea Squad. The winning design will join the Sea Squad as an honorary member to front the campaign encouraging kids to take the plunge.

ThePathanKhansWitch Wed 14-Nov-12 18:16:05

Hello Rebecca smile, you're amazing and such an inspiration.Congratulations on another great Olympics.

My question is for your Mum.

Hello Kay, can i say congratulations to you for having such a lovely and talented daughter.
Kay how hard was it for you,when Rebecca was younger, getting to training, heats etc? Did your family life suffer? Financially i imagine as a family a lot of sacrifices were made.

Sports funding is pitiful, what do you think the Government could do to support talented youngsters, who perhaps don,t have such
dedicated support?

Rebecca was the Olympic Village a hot bed of sin ?

lionheart Wed 14-Nov-12 19:47:57

That must be a mumsnet first. Mother and daughter chat. smile

thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 14-Nov-12 20:12:00

Hello Rebecca and Kay,

My eldest child is 8 and appears to be a very talented runner and cyclist. He currently varies his week around bmx, road racing and athletics club activities. How old was Rebecca when she showed that she had a talent for swimming? and was it always swimming, or were there other sports that may have been another direction she could have followed but a point when a decision had to be made on which path to follow.

Another question (i know it's one question each but hey), this same child refuses to have swimming lessons because he says he can already swim. He can't swim and he's most offended that I have questioned his conviction that he can actually swim. Just what exactly am I supposed to do with him? He's not afraid of the water, just that he thinks he can swim and he can't. hmm

blondieminx Wed 14-Nov-12 20:37:44

Hello Rebecca, congratulations and just want to say really well done for being such a great role model for little girls smile me and my 2 year old were cheering you on in front of the telly during the Olympics!

Question for Rebecca: what was your favourite bit of the Olympics?

Question for Kay: congrats on raising such a fabulously talented girl! What's Rebecca's favourite thing to eat on big event days?

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Thu 15-Nov-12 00:30:20

How exciting! Many congratulations on your performance at the Olympics, Rebecca, DH was lucky enough to watch you race.

Do you still love swimming as much as when you started?

Vijac Thu 15-Nov-12 00:35:58

Hello Rebecca and Kay. Congratulations on your Olympic medals Rebecca. When did you learn to swim and when did you start competing? What got you into swimming seriously and are you glad that you did (or did other bits of growing up suffer). Oops lots of questions blush

Swappedatbirth Thu 15-Nov-12 01:06:25

Dear Rebecca, I simply wanted to comment on the unbelievably brave and intelligent way in which you have dealt with the Internet bullies you've infuriatingly encountered before, during and after your marvellous achievements. Having been bullied myself as a young person I know only too well the horror of such treatment and you should be as proud of your ability to rise above such rubbish as you are of your swimming success. I have a six year old daughter whom I adore and if she grows up to have even a couple of your attributes I will be as delighted as I'm sure your mother already is.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Nov-12 07:40:04

Please note the webchat with Rebecca and Kay is taking place today at 12.30-1.30 (not 1-2pm as originally stated). Look forward to her joining us at Mumsnet HQ and please do come along and join us.

GW297 Thu 15-Nov-12 08:48:50

My question is: Were there times in the past when you felt like giving up and how did you overcome that?

Hi Kay and Rebecca .

Rebecca , I think you're lovely , I watched the Olympics on TV ( all of it I think ) and you were so gracious when being interviewed after the race .

I work in a health club and help out with swimming lessons , I find it so stressful with the small children who think they can swim but can't .

I don't have a question about sport , just wanted to congratulate you both .

TractorKate Thu 15-Nov-12 09:10:24

Hi Rebecca and Kay, congratulations on your amazing achievements Rebecca at this year's olympics. I managed to see some diving at the aquatic centre during the olympics and thought the stadium was amazing. did you manage to s ee much of the games? What were your highlights apart from your own races? What was it really like living at olympic village?

iseenodust Thu 15-Nov-12 09:26:01

Hi Rebecca & Kay

Brilliant Olympics.

DS considers himself quite sporty and enjoys a variety of activities. He's a reasonable swimmer, just passed level 8 at age 8. However he has chosen not to go on to level 9 because he thinks just doing lengths isn't fun. (He is competitive - his swimming teacher nicknamed him 'hardcore' grin).

Question then: Why does the fun seem to be taken out of swimming, in a learning/improving environment, for kids at such a young age? He is still keen to swim recreationally.

DinosaurSchool Thu 15-Nov-12 09:45:47

Hi Rebecca and Kay

I was lucky enough to have sweated blood and tears to have got Olympic tickets including your 800m final. Congratulations on the bronze! It truly is an amazing achievement.

I wonder what your feelings are about the criticism that British swimming came in for after the Olympics especially when unfavourably compared to the rowers and cyclists. Do you think that any sport can be transformed like British cycling?

Also (cheeky second question!) what do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

Spree Thu 15-Nov-12 09:51:32

Hi Rebecca & Kay

Well done to Rebecca - I have questions for both of you.

I have a DD age 8 who is starting pre-competitive swim training. What should she be doing at this age as far as training is concerned? She currently does a school swim squad once a week, private swim squad twice a week (including any stroke correction). How can I help her keep the momentum up so she doesn't burn out before the critical teen years?

Kay, as a mum, how do you think you walk that fine line between being supportive mum & pushy mum?? grin

Thanks!

Hi Rebecca and Kay smile

Do you find it odd to see your name on signposts around Mansfield now and have you been to Sherwood Baths to swim since they were renamed in your honour?

Kay - how has your life changed since Rebecca became so celebrated?

Its great to have such a positive female role model from my home town and we are all very proud of you. Well done on your amazing achievements.

whiskeytangofoxtrot Thu 15-Nov-12 10:02:25

Hello Rebecca
Wow! Talking to a RL Olympian!
Just wanted to swoon a bit as think you are phenomenal and a great role model and agree with the poster who said you were so very gracious in your winning interview. What are you doing at the moment?

And what would people be surprised to know about you?

moonbells Thu 15-Nov-12 10:06:42

Hello!
Rebecca, I have a 5yo who earlier this week had a bit of a panic attack in his swimming lesson - he didn't want to put his face in the water and he was shaking and crying and wanted to get out. He has since maintained he hates water and never wants to have another lesson. He's only been learning for 2 months, so has polystyrene armbands etc but is actually doing quite well. How can I best build his confidence back up please so he goes to next week's lesson happily?

He's very skinny and without floats does tend to sink a bit and swallow a lot of water, which understandably he doesn't like. We do have mask goggles.

Would a 1 to 1 lesson help, perhaps? At the moment he shares his half hour with two others so spends 2/3 of the time hanging onto the poolside getting cold.

I would really appreciate any tips! Thanks!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 15-Nov-12 10:14:34

<inflates arm bands>

Morning to mum and daughter smile

My 15 year old daughter has asked to put forward a question. She used to be a club swimmer until turning to rowing, but she always had a problem caring for her hair. She asks how on earth you keep your hair looking so healthy and lovely with all the swimming you do?

We are enormously proud of you Rebecca, in terms of your achievements yes, but you epitomise good sportsmanship. You are a really strong role model for our girls. Bless you for that.

<doggy paddles off>

JeanBillie Thu 15-Nov-12 10:40:41

Thank you for making this summer so exciting smile

Very important question: who did your amazing, patriotic nails? grin

TheBlackShiksa Thu 15-Nov-12 10:48:13

Hi Rebecca- firstly you are such a fantastic role model.
The amount of focus and determination you've shown is awe inspiring-
What's your favourite biscuit? grin

jepa Thu 15-Nov-12 11:41:19

Hi Rebecca
I was also lucky enough to see you at the Olympics, you were amazing.
I want to echo again the other posts with a huge thank-you for being such an amazing role model for our girls.
My question is for both of you I guess. Both my children can swim but now don't want to progress beyond the basics. For me as an avid swimmer it's not enough that they can swim I want them to be able to swim well ie have a good technique and stamina. What do you think I can do to persuade them to keep going?
I just want them to enjoy swimming as much as I did and still do
Thank you

noidles Thu 15-Nov-12 11:42:51

Hi Rebecca - I think you're fab. I'm not particularly sporty myself, but got TOTALLY swept up in the spirit of the Olympics and loved it. You really did us proud!

Anyway, I'm not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but you obviously had to deal with a lot of sh*t from a bully comedian (who shall not be named!). I thought it was brilliant that you didn't take it lying down and fought back. I think it sets a great example to young people especially, that they can speak up when someone who is bigger and louder and saying not very nice things!

So my question is this, do you find it a bit weird and surreal that you get judged on how you look, when your career has nothing to do with your looks? You presumably didn't want to be a 'celebrity' and haven't courted publicity, and haven't invited criticism.

Kay - how did you deal with this? It must have been really upsetting.

Hope that wasn't too morbid a question.

cm22v077 Thu 15-Nov-12 12:06:14

Hi Rebecca and Kay!
Great to have you come onto mumsnet! Well done on your olympic success.
I love going swimming but it's so expensive, it's over £6 for an adult to go to my local council run leisure centre which isn't even nice! It really puts me off.
Anyway, my question for Rebecca is, what's the most impressive venue you've every swam at? And you can't say the Aquatic Centre at London 2012! smile

littlemrssleepy Thu 15-Nov-12 12:23:47

Hello Rebecca and Kay

My son shows great promise at swimming. He got his 50m badge on the opening day of the 2012 Olympics at just 4 years of age. I shall keep the photo for my proud mum interview at the 2024 Olympics when I shall claim it must have been destiny If this continues, what ungodly time am I going to have to get up in the morning to take him to training?

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:31:29

Hi I'm here great to be at Mumsnet

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:31:51

Hi I'm here, great to be at Mumsnet this morning answering your questions

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:35:14

blondieminx

Hello Rebecca, congratulations and just want to say really well done for being such a great role model for little girls smile me and my 2 year old were cheering you on in front of the telly during the Olympics!

Question for Rebecca: what was your favourite bit of the Olympics?

Question for Kay: congrats on raising such a fabulously talented girl! What's Rebecca's favourite thing to eat on big event days?

Hello

Nice to speak to you. My favourite bit of the games was the podium for my 800 freestyle where i won bronze. Was very emotional but the crowds reaction was amazing. everyone chanting my name and clapping was just so nice. Very heart warming moment.

My favourite thing to eat is pasta when i have a competition. But i snack on banana's, cereal bars throughout the day if i get hungry.

Thank you

Becky

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:35:39

ThePathanKhansWitch

Hello Rebecca smile, you're amazing and such an inspiration.Congratulations on another great Olympics.

My question is for your Mum.

Hello Kay, can i say congratulations to you for having such a lovely and talented daughter.
Kay how hard was it for you,when Rebecca was younger, getting to training, heats etc? Did your family life suffer? Financially i imagine as a family a lot of sacrifices were made.

Sports funding is pitiful, what do you think the Government could do to support talented youngsters, who perhaps don,t have such
dedicated support?

Rebecca was the Olympic Village a hot bed of sin ?

As you say getting the balance right is hard. As a family we were lucky as our other 2 daughter's also swam, so most saturday's were spent in a pool chasing PB's by one or more of them.
Morning training with Becky was hard, as the alarm clock would go off around 4.30am five mornings a week.!!
Lottery funding is invaluable to most athletes and Becky was very grateful for hers, it made alot of difference.

VLF99 Thu 15-Nov-12 12:37:07

Hi Rebecca and Kay

My daughter is a really keen swimmer - she's only 9 so has just started competing but has qualified for most events for her county championships next year.

Rebecca - you are her absolute idol - she has pictures of you all over her wall. It would make her day if you could say hello to her (Isabella) and give her any advice.

Thanks so much

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:37:17

TheDoctrineOfSnatch

How exciting! Many congratulations on your performance at the Olympics, Rebecca, DH was lucky enough to watch you race.

Do you still love swimming as much as when you started?

hello!

I do still love swimming just as much if not more. I love swimming and will always swim. Even when im old i will still be going!! Its an amazing sport and can do it at any age!

Thank you!

Becky

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:40:11

thatlldopigthatlldo

Hello Rebecca and Kay,

My eldest child is 8 and appears to be a very talented runner and cyclist. He currently varies his week around bmx, road racing and athletics club activities. How old was Rebecca when she showed that she had a talent for swimming? and was it always swimming, or were there other sports that may have been another direction she could have followed but a point when a decision had to be made on which path to follow.

Another question (i know it's one question each but hey), this same child refuses to have swimming lessons because he says he can already swim. He can't swim and he's most offended that I have questioned his conviction that he can actually swim. Just what exactly am I supposed to do with him? He's not afraid of the water, just that he thinks he can swim and he can't. hmm

Hi, nice to talk to you, Becky was 4 when she started lessons, she always loved being in the water, but didn't really start making GB teams until she was about 13 years old.

My honest advice, would be not to push him, but I know how you feel about him not really being able to swim. It's a life skill we parents like to know they can master.

Does his school do lessons, will he find out for himself by being in a class of other children who may be able to swim better?

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:40:55

Vijac

Hello Rebecca and Kay. Congratulations on your Olympic medals Rebecca. When did you learn to swim and when did you start competing? What got you into swimming seriously and are you glad that you did (or did other bits of growing up suffer). Oops lots of questions blush

helloo!!!

Thank you.

I started swimming when i was around 3/4 years old. My parents took me and my 2 older sisters along just to learn how to swim as its a lifeskill!

I started competing in relay events at 9 then individual events at 10. I made my first British Swimming Team when i was 14.

I got into swimming through my parents taking me and my 2 older sisters. They were better and faster than me as they were older and i wanted to catch them up! Being the baby of the family i just wanted to be around them and in the same lane as them!

I started taking it seriously when i was around 14. I realised how much i loved it and getting up at 5am didnt scare me as i loved it!

Thank you

Becky

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:41:16

lionheart

That must be a mumsnet first. Mother and daughter chat. smile

Hi, very happy to be here at Mumsnet, always feels go to do a 'first'.

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:42:30

Swappedatbirth

Dear Rebecca, I simply wanted to comment on the unbelievably brave and intelligent way in which you have dealt with the Internet bullies you've infuriatingly encountered before, during and after your marvellous achievements. Having been bullied myself as a young person I know only too well the horror of such treatment and you should be as proud of your ability to rise above such rubbish as you are of your swimming success. I have a six year old daughter whom I adore and if she grows up to have even a couple of your attributes I will be as delighted as I'm sure your mother already is.

hi,

Thank you so much for your lovely kind words. Means alot to me.

I hope your daughter loves to swim!!

All the best

Becky

nuckingfackered Thu 15-Nov-12 12:42:33

Hello Rebecca and Kay, Rebecca you are my 12 yr old daughter's inspiration, thank you so much for giving her such an amazing role model to follow. She trains and competes for our local swimming club and is starting to show real promise as a competitive swimmer. What advise can you give her to help deal with the highs and lows of competitive swimming and improve as an athlete?

Kay please can I ask you what one peice of advise you would give me as the mum of a young potential competitive swimmer?

Thank you both very much

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:42:53

blondieminx

Hello Rebecca, congratulations and just want to say really well done for being such a great role model for little girls smile me and my 2 year old were cheering you on in front of the telly during the Olympics!

Question for Rebecca: what was your favourite bit of the Olympics?

Question for Kay: congrats on raising such a fabulously talented girl! What's Rebecca's favourite thing to eat on big event days?

Hi, Kay here, Becky's top food for big day events would be pasta bases and she usually snacks on fruit, ie, bananas etc. Hope that helps, Kay

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:44:32

GW297

My question is: Were there times in the past when you felt like giving up and how did you overcome that?

Fortunately there wasnt any times i wanted to give up. I love swimming. There was obviously really tough times but my love for the sport and my drive to succeed helped me get through those moments. I knew there was another swimmer around the world doing the work which helped me and kept me motivated. Also having a home olympics is a great motivated!! ;-)

Thank you
Becky

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:44:48

Swappedatbirth

Dear Rebecca, I simply wanted to comment on the unbelievably brave and intelligent way in which you have dealt with the Internet bullies you've infuriatingly encountered before, during and after your marvellous achievements. Having been bullied myself as a young person I know only too well the horror of such treatment and you should be as proud of your ability to rise above such rubbish as you are of your swimming success. I have a six year old daughter whom I adore and if she grows up to have even a couple of your attributes I will be as delighted as I'm sure your mother already is.

Hi, from one mum to another, thank you so much. Your daughter is so lucky to have a great mum. Kay

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:45:20

Doilooklikeatourist

Hi Kay and Rebecca .

Rebecca , I think you're lovely , I watched the Olympics on TV ( all of it I think ) and you were so gracious when being interviewed after the race .

I work in a health club and help out with swimming lessons , I find it so stressful with the small children who think they can swim but can't .

I don't have a question about sport , just wanted to congratulate you both .

Thank you so much. Very lovely and nice of you to say.

Good luck to you as well :-)

Becky

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:46:36

Doilooklikeatourist

Hi Kay and Rebecca .

Rebecca , I think you're lovely , I watched the Olympics on TV ( all of it I think ) and you were so gracious when being interviewed after the race .

I work in a health club and help out with swimming lessons , I find it so stressful with the small children who think they can swim but can't .

I don't have a question about sport , just wanted to congratulate you both .

Hi, Kay here, just wanted to say keep up the good work. Parents like to know their children are learning a very important life skill and having fun at the same time, so what you do is REALLY important. Thanks.

DazR Thu 15-Nov-12 12:46:49

Hi Rerbecca (and Mum!), I have an 18 year old daughter who has been a competitive swimmer since she was 8 - swimming in county and regional champs. Medalled in 1500m at age 12 in regionals. She was diagnosed with CFS/ME almost 2 years ago and had to stop swimming. This year she was found to be Vitamin B12 deficient and is now on regular injections and improving all the time (this may have been the problem all along). She has said she thinks that you also recovered from illness - is this true? And, if so, how did you get back your fitness? She is really frustrated at not being able to swim/compete at the moment and has had a really tough time. We all cheered you on through all your events in the olympics. Well done.

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:48:00

TractorKate

Hi Rebecca and Kay, congratulations on your amazing achievements Rebecca at this year's olympics. I managed to see some diving at the aquatic centre during the olympics and thought the stadium was amazing. did you manage to s ee much of the games? What were your highlights apart from your own races? What was it really like living at olympic village?

hello

unfortunately i only managed to watch the swimming and open water events and thats it. They were brilliant though but no other sports. Was too busy! Saw alot of the TV though!

my highlight from the games was my 800 freestyle podium. Winning a bronze was incredible and very emotional! Couldnt hold back the tears. The crowd was amazing, everyone chanting my name was very special and a memory i'll never forget.

The Olympic village was amazing. Was like apartments inside. The dining hall and facilities were incredible though, the best ive ever seen!!

Thank you

Becky

AncientsOfMuMu Thu 15-Nov-12 12:49:37

Hi Rebecca and Kay,

My 11 year old son swims at regional level and competes at a few open meets throughout the year. He struggles to eat more than a few snacks like dried fruit on the days he competes and won't eat breakfast if competing. Do you think this is a problem? He eats well the rest of the time.

ajandjjmum Thu 15-Nov-12 12:51:16

Hi Both
My son was a Games Maker at the Aquatics Centre, and saw you on a couple of occasions Becky - quite a highlight when you turned up! smile
On a serious note, my father saw his best friend drown at 11, and was always determined we would swim (almost before walking!). It's a great competitive sport, and so much fun to watch, but such an important lifeskill too!
Continued good luck for the future Becky!

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:52:20

TractorKate

Hi Rebecca and Kay, congratulations on your amazing achievements Rebecca at this year's olympics. I managed to see some diving at the aquatic centre during the olympics and thought the stadium was amazing. did you manage to s ee much of the games? What were your highlights apart from your own races? What was it really like living at olympic village?

Hi TractorKate, Kay here, we were very lucky to be able to get tickets to watch both of Becky's events during the games. It was very special to watch her in a Home Olympics where the home crowds were absolutely amazing throughout the whole experience.
One of the highlights for me personally outside of the pool was the fantastic way all the games makers handled things - they were awesome.

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:54:04

DinosaurSchool

Hi Rebecca and Kay

I was lucky enough to have sweated blood and tears to have got Olympic tickets including your 800m final. Congratulations on the bronze! It truly is an amazing achievement.

I wonder what your feelings are about the criticism that British swimming came in for after the Olympics especially when unfavourably compared to the rowers and cyclists. Do you think that any sport can be transformed like British cycling?

Also (cheeky second question!) what do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

hello

Thank you for the congratulations! Hope you enjoyed watching!

Swimming is a very different sport to the other olympic sports. We have about 150 countries competing in the swimming so is extremely tough. We had the most finalists and semi-finalists we've ever had so we did do well just obviously didnt get as many medals as the rowers/cyclists.

ohhh 10years!!! thats a long time. I would like to be married and maybe kids! But i will definitely still be swimming. Maybe not at a competitive level!

Thank you

Becky

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:56:36

Spree

Hi Rebecca & Kay

Well done to Rebecca - I have questions for both of you.

I have a DD age 8 who is starting pre-competitive swim training. What should she be doing at this age as far as training is concerned? She currently does a school swim squad once a week, private swim squad twice a week (including any stroke correction). How can I help her keep the momentum up so she doesn't burn out before the critical teen years?

Kay, as a mum, how do you think you walk that fine line between being supportive mum & pushy mum?? grin

Thanks!

Hello

Thank you for your question.

I would say what she's doing sounds amazing and enough. it depends on her progress. If shes getting faster or finding it easier you can step it up abit but if not adapt it as you see fit. It should be a challenge but not too much that its killing her!! When she's 9 she can start doing gala's which will be really fun ;-)

Thank you

becky

Solo Thu 15-Nov-12 12:56:58

Hi Rebecca, no questions really, but just to say Congratulations!!! on London 2012 Olympics smile

Hello to Kay too smile you must be sooo proud grin

My 5yo is going to swimming lessons, but I have to say that I don't find it encouraging to watch a small trainer pool, halved down the middle by a rope and then up to 12 kids each side of that rope trying to learn to swim in 30 mins a week! it seems to be all about getting the most money out of parents these days. Not sure how kids are meant to get to your level Rebecca.

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:57:16

nuckingfackered

Hello Rebecca and Kay, Rebecca you are my 12 yr old daughter's inspiration, thank you so much for giving her such an amazing role model to follow. She trains and competes for our local swimming club and is starting to show real promise as a competitive swimmer. What advise can you give her to help deal with the highs and lows of competitive swimming and improve as an athlete?

Kay please can I ask you what one peice of advise you would give me as the mum of a young potential competitive swimmer?

Thank you both very much

Hi there, Kay here, I found that being organised really helped me balance all the things we mums need to & have to do within a busy day. I know it sometimes feels hard to do, but finding ten minutes at the end of the day to organise for the next day really helped to start the next day off well. Also, remember your daughter is swimming because she loves the sport, so try to enjoy it with her, share the good and bad together.
Hope that helps, good to talk to you.

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 12:58:35

EnglishGirlApproximately

Hi Rebecca and Kay smile

Do you find it odd to see your name on signposts around Mansfield now and have you been to Sherwood Baths to swim since they were renamed in your honour?

Kay - how has your life changed since Rebecca became so celebrated?

Its great to have such a positive female role model from my home town and we are all very proud of you. Well done on your amazing achievements.

hello!

Thank you!!

I love being home. Mansfield will always be home to me just as Sherwood Baths will always be Sherwood Baths. Amazing that its now named after myself though. I hope that another little swimmer can develop from there, its a fantastic pool!

becky

LaVitaBellissima Thu 15-Nov-12 12:59:19

Non swimming related questions for Becky, I know you love your heels, which are your favourite pair and why?

Also swimming must really damage your hair do use lots of conditioner?

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:00:59

AncientsOfMuMu

Hi Rebecca and Kay,

My 11 year old son swims at regional level and competes at a few open meets throughout the year. He struggles to eat more than a few snacks like dried fruit on the days he competes and won't eat breakfast if competing. Do you think this is a problem? He eats well the rest of the time.

Hi there. If your son is happy & healthy then I wouldn't push him to eat more that what he's currently eating. Everyone is different with this, some swimmers can eat loads before they swim, others can't. I would suggest you try to get him to eat something high in protein after he has finished swimming for the day to help his body recover. Hope this helps, Kay

Thanks for answering. I'm drowning teaching my baby to swim there so fingers crossed some of your magic will rub off smile

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:01:27

whiskeytangofoxtrot

Hello Rebecca
Wow! Talking to a RL Olympian!
Just wanted to swoon a bit as think you are phenomenal and a great role model and agree with the poster who said you were so very gracious in your winning interview. What are you doing at the moment?

And what would people be surprised to know about you?

hi,

Thank you!!!

im very busy doing bits here and there at the moment. Taking a break from training and enjoying being 23!! Doing different bits of tv, media events as well as getting my level 2 swim teaching award. Doing my own swim days and hoping inspiring some kids to learn to swim as 40% of children cant swim which is shocking!!!

People might be surprised to know im scared of the sea and dont eat any fish- i dont eat my own kind ;-)

Thanks

Becky

Spree Thu 15-Nov-12 13:02:28

Thank you so much for responding. My 8 year old is really impressed & thrilled that an Olympian responded.

This will really encourage her to keep swimming smilesmilesmile

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:05:17

ajandjjmum

Hi Both
My son was a Games Maker at the Aquatics Centre, and saw you on a couple of occasions Becky - quite a highlight when you turned up! smile
On a serious note, my father saw his best friend drown at 11, and was always determined we would swim (almost before walking!). It's a great competitive sport, and so much fun to watch, but such an important lifeskill too!
Continued good luck for the future Becky!

Hi ajandjjmum - sorry to hear of your father's experience, but I couldn't agree more, learning to swim is such an important life skill - did you know that 40% of children can't swim. This is such a shocking stat. I also agree that swimming is a great sport to be involved in an to watch.
Your son (and all the other games makers did an amazing job in London - well done).
All the best Kay

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:06:16

moonbells

Hello!
Rebecca, I have a 5yo who earlier this week had a bit of a panic attack in his swimming lesson - he didn't want to put his face in the water and he was shaking and crying and wanted to get out. He has since maintained he hates water and never wants to have another lesson. He's only been learning for 2 months, so has polystyrene armbands etc but is actually doing quite well. How can I best build his confidence back up please so he goes to next week's lesson happily?

He's very skinny and without floats does tend to sink a bit and swallow a lot of water, which understandably he doesn't like. We do have mask goggles.

Would a 1 to 1 lesson help, perhaps? At the moment he shares his half hour with two others so spends 2/3 of the time hanging onto the poolside getting cold.

I would really appreciate any tips! Thanks!

hello

So sorry to hear that. I would say try using different techniques. There are some great toys out there that can help get kids to put there face in. Could start doing it in the bath and when hes got abit of confidence try the pool again. Also using a back float might help him.

Try this link as speedo have some great bits... store.speedo.co.uk/c/accessories/learn-to-swim

Hope that helps.

Becky

Hi Becky and Kay,

Firstly, I want to congratulate Becky on all that she has achieved so far in her swimming, she is a real inspiration to young girls.

My eldest son is almost 13, and a few years ago, he was selected for a school programme provided by one of the London rugby clubs. We were recently told, that after his 13th birthday, he will be "promoted" to the junior elite programme because of his enormous potential. Only those believed to be in with a real chance of playing professionally are moved into this programme.

Obviously we are thrilled for him, because he works so hard, and his dream is to play rugby for England.

We want to encourage and support him, but my husband and I also want to keep him grounded, and not to let this get to his head.

So my question is, do either Becky or Kay have any advice on how we can make sure our son stays grounded, while at the same time continue to encourage him?

Thanks
Tess

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:08:17

RatherBeOnThePiste

<inflates arm bands>

Morning to mum and daughter smile

My 15 year old daughter has asked to put forward a question. She used to be a club swimmer until turning to rowing, but she always had a problem caring for her hair. She asks how on earth you keep your hair looking so healthy and lovely with all the swimming you do?

We are enormously proud of you Rebecca, in terms of your achievements yes, but you epitomise good sportsmanship. You are a really strong role model for our girls. Bless you for that.

<doggy paddles off>

hello

Thank you very kind of you!!

I like to use a hair treatment mask or an oil at the weekend to help with my hair. I use l'oreal shampoo/conditioner in the week! try not to bleach your hair if you can as that will react with the chlorine!

Thank you

Becky

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:09:02

JeanBillie

Thank you for making this summer so exciting smile

Very important question: who did your amazing, patriotic nails? grin

Thank you!!!

And i did my nails ;-) I like to paint my nails but can get nail stickers to make it easier!!

Becky

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:09:45

TheBlackShiksa

Hi Rebecca- firstly you are such a fantastic role model.
The amount of focus and determination you've shown is awe inspiring-
What's your favourite biscuit? grin

hello

ohhhhh either custard creams or homemade chocolate chip cookies ;-)

Thank you
Becky

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:10:50

RebeccaAdlington

EnglishGirlApproximately

Hi Rebecca and Kay smile

Do you find it odd to see your name on signposts around Mansfield now and have you been to Sherwood Baths to swim since they were renamed in your honour?

Kay - how has your life changed since Rebecca became so celebrated?

Its great to have such a positive female role model from my home town and we are all very proud of you. Well done on your amazing achievements.

hello!

Thank you!!

I love being home. Mansfield will always be home to me just as Sherwood Baths will always be Sherwood Baths. Amazing that its now named after myself though. I hope that another little swimmer can develop from there, its a fantastic pool!

becky

Hi there, my life has changed in some ways as I get to do things like being here at Mumsnet this morning talk to all of you guys. That would never have happened without Becky's achievements in the pool.
I also get to have a very small involvement in the Speedo Swim competition - the S factor which is a new programme designed to make learning to swim feel fun. As a mum I found it really shocking that so many children (40%) can't swim. As a family we have had an amazing journey with the sport of swimming, so hopefully with this new programme many more youngsters may get the chance to have fun and enjoy.
All the best
Kay

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:11:47

jepa

Hi Rebecca
I was also lucky enough to see you at the Olympics, you were amazing.
I want to echo again the other posts with a huge thank-you for being such an amazing role model for our girls.
My question is for both of you I guess. Both my children can swim but now don't want to progress beyond the basics. For me as an avid swimmer it's not enough that they can swim I want them to be able to swim well ie have a good technique and stamina. What do you think I can do to persuade them to keep going?
I just want them to enjoy swimming as much as I did and still do
Thank you

hello

I would suggest going with friends, or try competitions to bring out there competitive sides!!

Also using different equipment store.speedo.co.uk/c/accessories/learn-to-swim

Or join a club too ;-)

Swimming is amazing and hope they can get into it more!!

thank you
Becky

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:14:28

noidles

Hi Rebecca - I think you're fab. I'm not particularly sporty myself, but got TOTALLY swept up in the spirit of the Olympics and loved it. You really did us proud!

Anyway, I'm not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but you obviously had to deal with a lot of sh*t from a bully comedian (who shall not be named!). I thought it was brilliant that you didn't take it lying down and fought back. I think it sets a great example to young people especially, that they can speak up when someone who is bigger and louder and saying not very nice things!

So my question is this, do you find it a bit weird and surreal that you get judged on how you look, when your career has nothing to do with your looks? You presumably didn't want to be a 'celebrity' and haven't courted publicity, and haven't invited criticism.

Kay - how did you deal with this? It must have been really upsetting.

Hope that wasn't too morbid a question.

hello

Thank you for saying that, very kind.

I think its all part of being in the public eye and being a female. unfortunately women get criticised for the way they look. I know it has nothing to do with my swimming ability which is good and i have to remember that!

It makes more what my family and friends think of me :-)

Thank you

Becky

BartimaeusNeedsMoreSleep Thu 15-Nov-12 13:15:45

Amazing job at the Olympics Rebecca.

As a pre-teen/young teen I used to swim at regional level, training 7 times a week plus galas.

Many of my friends and I had a real problem juggling swimming and school, as our schools wouldn't let us miss any classes (like say PE or art) in order to do the homework for more academic 'important' classes.

How did you manage school and swimming?

Do you think schools should be more supportive of young athletes and more flexible with their timetables/homework loads?

AncientsOfMuMu Thu 15-Nov-12 13:16:28

Hi Rebacca and Kay.

Thanks for answering my question - just off to order the steaks! smile

Can I be cheeky and ask another?!

Rebecca-you mentioned you are holding Swim Days. Are these going to be held in different parts of the country? Can you be bribed to come to our local 50m pool? grin

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:16:43

cm22v077

Hi Rebecca and Kay!
Great to have you come onto mumsnet! Well done on your olympic success.
I love going swimming but it's so expensive, it's over £6 for an adult to go to my local council run leisure centre which isn't even nice! It really puts me off.
Anyway, my question for Rebecca is, what's the most impressive venue you've every swam at? And you can't say the Aquatic Centre at London 2012! smile

hi!!

Thank you!!

I know it may seem expensive but a macdonalds or cinema trip is more expensive and your being active and healthy ;-)

The most impressive venue would be the Cube in Beijing which was used as the Olympic pool in 2008! Was incredible.

Thank you

Becky

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:17:35

TessOfTheBaublevilles

Hi Becky and Kay,

Firstly, I want to congratulate Becky on all that she has achieved so far in her swimming, she is a real inspiration to young girls.

My eldest son is almost 13, and a few years ago, he was selected for a school programme provided by one of the London rugby clubs. We were recently told, that after his 13th birthday, he will be "promoted" to the junior elite programme because of his enormous potential. Only those believed to be in with a real chance of playing professionally are moved into this programme.

Obviously we are thrilled for him, because he works so hard, and his dream is to play rugby for England.

We want to encourage and support him, but my husband and I also want to keep him grounded, and not to let this get to his head.

So my question is, do either Becky or Kay have any advice on how we can make sure our son stays grounded, while at the same time continue to encourage him?

Thanks
Tess

Hi Tess
Wow you must be very proud of your son - hard work and a dream is a great life goal. Really hope he continues and make it happen for himself.
How can you help? - well we found by simply being the parents was our most important role. By that I mean, trust the coach & athlete relationship - mistakes will probably be made, but lessons are learned that way. As parents we concentrated on our family life - family meals with grandparents, not allowing Becky any special favours just because she swam, encouraging her to have her friends round whenever she could. Just be yourselves as mum and dad to your son - you have obviously done a great job so far, good luck in the future.
All the best
Kay

Blimey, I'm shocked that 50% of children can't swim shock I hope the Olympics can help to get more kids swimming.

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:17:57

littlemrssleepy

Hello Rebecca and Kay

My son shows great promise at swimming. He got his 50m badge on the opening day of the 2012 Olympics at just 4 years of age. I shall keep the photo for my proud mum interview at the 2024 Olympics when I shall claim it must have been destiny If this continues, what ungodly time am I going to have to get up in the morning to take him to training?

haha!unfortunately you might unless you know a friend that you can share lifts with!!

Hes only 4 though so that a while off yet! Just enjoy it for you! Amazing achievement for him!

Thank you

Becky

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:19:02

VLF99

Hi Rebecca and Kay

My daughter is a really keen swimmer - she's only 9 so has just started competing but has qualified for most events for her county championships next year.

Rebecca - you are her absolute idol - she has pictures of you all over her wall. It would make her day if you could say hello to her (Isabella) and give her any advice.

Thanks so much

hello isabella!!!

Really hope you enjoy swimming. Keep working hard. Good luck with it all. Sounds like your doing amazing and only 9 years old!! incredible

Good luck

Becky

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:19:20

EnglishGirlApproximately

Blimey, I'm shocked that 50% of children can't swim shock I hope the Olympics can help to get more kids swimming.

me too!!!

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:20:10

AncientsOfMuMu

Hi Rebacca and Kay.

Thanks for answering my question - just off to order the steaks! smile

Can I be cheeky and ask another?!

Rebecca-you mentioned you are holding Swim Days. Are these going to be held in different parts of the country? Can you be bribed to come to our local 50m pool? grin

haha!! I've only ran 2 days in Derby so far. Maybe in the future i will!

Thank you

becky

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:20:51

EnglishGirlApproximately

Thanks for answering. I'm drowning teaching my baby to swim there so fingers crossed some of your magic will rub off smile

Hi there, I'm sure you are having a magical time in the warm waters of your local pool with your baby. So pleased to hear you are NOT going to be among the very high number of parents who don't think of teaching their children to swim. Have fun and enjoy. As baby gets older there are so great little toys that may help you to give baby confidence to progress.
Have a swimmingly great future with baby, all the best Kay

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:23:36

BartimaeusNeedsMoreSleep

Amazing job at the Olympics Rebecca.

As a pre-teen/young teen I used to swim at regional level, training 7 times a week plus galas.

Many of my friends and I had a real problem juggling swimming and school, as our schools wouldn't let us miss any classes (like say PE or art) in order to do the homework for more academic 'important' classes.

How did you manage school and swimming?

Do you think schools should be more supportive of young athletes and more flexible with their timetables/homework loads?

hello

Very good question and comments.

I was lucky i had a good understanding school that helped me balance it all out.

Was difficult i used to train in the morning and go straight to school then after school go straight to the pool again. I had 2 older sisters that used to help me with my homework and the school would send me work if i was away on a camp too.

Swimming has tutors that they send away with you when your on a camp to help you.

My school also let me drop a subject in order for me to swim and keep my other subjects up to a good standard.

I do think schools should help athletes or anyone who has a different hobby or interest outside of the school.

Thank you

Becky

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:24:59

RebeccaAdlington

noidles

Hi Rebecca - I think you're fab. I'm not particularly sporty myself, but got TOTALLY swept up in the spirit of the Olympics and loved it. You really did us proud!

Anyway, I'm not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but you obviously had to deal with a lot of sh*t from a bully comedian (who shall not be named!). I thought it was brilliant that you didn't take it lying down and fought back. I think it sets a great example to young people especially, that they can speak up when someone who is bigger and louder and saying not very nice things!

So my question is this, do you find it a bit weird and surreal that you get judged on how you look, when your career has nothing to do with your looks? You presumably didn't want to be a 'celebrity' and haven't courted publicity, and haven't invited criticism.

Kay - how did you deal with this? It must have been really upsetting.

Hope that wasn't too morbid a question.

hello

Thank you for saying that, very kind.

I think its all part of being in the public eye and being a female. unfortunately women get criticised for the way they look. I know it has nothing to do with my swimming ability which is good and i have to remember that!

It makes more what my family and friends think of me :-)

Thank you

Becky

Hi great to hear from you and thanks for question.
My view is that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but at the end of the day it comes down to knowing the your family love you and if someone has an opinion that they feel they have to 'get out there for no apparent reason' well thats up to them. I don't let it upset me, because its not worth it.
Best wishes
Kay

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:26:52

TessOfTheBaublevilles

Hi Becky and Kay,

Firstly, I want to congratulate Becky on all that she has achieved so far in her swimming, she is a real inspiration to young girls.

My eldest son is almost 13, and a few years ago, he was selected for a school programme provided by one of the London rugby clubs. We were recently told, that after his 13th birthday, he will be "promoted" to the junior elite programme because of his enormous potential. Only those believed to be in with a real chance of playing professionally are moved into this programme.

Obviously we are thrilled for him, because he works so hard, and his dream is to play rugby for England.

We want to encourage and support him, but my husband and I also want to keep him grounded, and not to let this get to his head.

So my question is, do either Becky or Kay have any advice on how we can make sure our son stays grounded, while at the same time continue to encourage him?

Thanks
Tess

wow, firstly congratulations that amazing.

For me was great i had 2 sisters and my parents that wouldnt let me get big headed!! I think there will always be someone out there better so to keep encouraging but for him to know there will be someone out there working just as hard.

There is ups and downs in most people's career and im sure he will experience both but as long as he believes in himself and keeps enjoying it thats the main thing.

Good luck!

Becky

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:28:06

LaVitaBellissima

Non swimming related questions for Becky, I know you love your heels, which are your favourite pair and why?

Also swimming must really damage your hair do use lots of conditioner?

My favourite are Christian Louboutins and because there always beautiful and love the red soles!

I dont use lots of conditioner. I just use a hair mask/treatment once a week!

Thanks

becky

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:29:30

EnglishGirlApproximately

Blimey, I'm shocked that 50% of children can't swim shock I hope the Olympics can help to get more kids swimming.

I know, what a truly shocking fact.

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:29:41

Solo

Hi Rebecca, no questions really, but just to say Congratulations!!! on London 2012 Olympics smile

Hello to Kay too smile you must be sooo proud grin

My 5yo is going to swimming lessons, but I have to say that I don't find it encouraging to watch a small trainer pool, halved down the middle by a rope and then up to 12 kids each side of that rope trying to learn to swim in 30 mins a week! it seems to be all about getting the most money out of parents these days. Not sure how kids are meant to get to your level Rebecca.

Thank you and i started that way and managed to go on! As long as they enjoy it they will want to keep doing it!!

Thanks

Becky

RebeccaAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:30:51

Thank you all for your questions!! I hope i've answered them all if i havent take a look at the other ones i have answered as your question might of been asked by someone else!

Thank you again!

Bye, Becky x

KayAdlington Thu 15-Nov-12 13:31:00

Hi everyone, just wanted to say I have had a great time answering your questions, hope the answers have helped.
Good luck to all of you in your chosen sports with your talented children.
Warmest wishes
Kay

AncientsOfMuMu Thu 15-Nov-12 13:31:29

Becky and Kay - great to talk to you both,thanks for answering my questions.

I understand that GB swimmers had to miss the opening ceremony of London2012. Did you mind and did you watch it on tv?!

please ignore the fact that this is my third question

DinosaurSchool Thu 15-Nov-12 13:32:58

Thanks so much for the reply. I'm so glad being on the podium after the 800m was your highlight - I was one of the chanters grin

I totally support what the others have said about positive female role models. I have a baby daughter (after two boys) and I'm so glad that she's had you, Laura Trott, Jess Ennis, Kath Grainger etc etc etc as inspiration from the year she was born!

jepa Thu 15-Nov-12 13:33:53

Thank you for answering my question,
I'm going to show them when I get home - might even say that Rebecca Adlington tells them to, that should work!
Off to look at Speedo website- it's technically my lunch hour !

2cats2many Thu 15-Nov-12 14:18:30

OOOOHHH!!! Missed the webchat, but wanted to say that you are one of my (small) daughter's heros. She doesn't know the names of very many famous people, but loves to swim and was so excitied when you won your medals at London 2012.

Congratulations on everything that you've achieved.

Great webchat, they seemed really nice smile

moonbells Thu 15-Nov-12 15:01:33

<drops back in> wow, I got an answer! smile

That in itself should help in encouraging DS. And also to MNHQ, how many people could run into a problem, and the very next day get to ask an Olympic medallist how to fix it? Thanks, everyone for giving us these chances!

feetheart Thu 15-Nov-12 16:24:48

Bugger, missed it sad

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Thu 15-Nov-12 16:50:21

What a lovely chat, must be the politest one ever smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 15-Nov-12 17:03:25

I'm so glad my daughter admires strong women like Rebecca, and we are so happppyyyyyyyy that she had a reply!!

ThePathanKhansWitch Thu 15-Nov-12 20:33:09

Thankyou for answering my question.

Lovely, lovely people!.

blondieminx Thu 15-Nov-12 20:57:40

Thanks to Rebecca and Kay for answering my questions smile. And thanks as always to MNHQ for allowing questions before the web chat starts for those of us where RL gets in the way of MNing winkgrin

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