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Adlington may get baths tribute

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Adlington won the 400 metres freestyle title

Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington could have a Nottinghamshire swimming baths named in her honour following her success in Beijing.

The 19-year-old won the 400m freestyle to become Britain's first female Olympic swimming champion in 48 years.

Sherwood Baths, in her hometown of Mansfield, could now be renamed the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre when it re-opens in September next year.

The plans would need to be approved by Mansfield District Council.

Meanwhile Rebecca's mother Kay told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We're over the moon, my mum and dad were saying it seems like two minutes since they used to take her to public swimming lessons at Sherwood Baths, which is where she started.

"Here they are watching one of their granddaughters win an Olympic title, it was just unbelievable for them."

Mrs Adlington said she would be rewarding the Olympic Champion, who trains about 30 hours a week, when she returns home.

"Rebecca swims for shoes, so I'm sure there's going to be a pair come her way.

"She also said if she won the gold medal, when she comes back I had to promise to do her a Sunday roast with Yorkshire puddings."

Rebecca's sister Laura added: "It's just an absolutely fantastic achievement for her, I'm so proud of her, she's my new hero."

see also
Adlington tipped to add to gold
11 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Adlington snatches swimming gold
11 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Adlington earns second Games spot
05 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Adlington sets Commonwealth mark
03 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Team GB for Beijing
21 Jul 08 |  Team GB
Swimming on the BBC
02 Oct 07 |  Swimming

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