Double Commonwealth Champion of 2006, England's Ross Davenport has retired from swimming. A three-times Olympian, Davenport made his senior debut for Great Britain at the World Championships in Barcelona back in 2003 as part of the 4x200m free relay.
In 2006, as British swimmers led by Bill Sweetenham threatened Aussie supremacy like they never had before, Davenport claimed four medals at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, including the 200m freestyle crown ahead of teammate Simon Burnett, the Arizona-based sprinter who also called time on his career in the water this past week. The two joined forces as members of the winning 4x200m freestyle team at the Games in 2006.
Davenport, 28 and based at Loughborough University for nine years, said: “It has been a privilege and honour to represent my country in a sport that I love but it is time to move on." He thanked all those who had helped him along the way and cited his Commonwealth crown as the highlight of his career.
As for the future, he noted: “I still want to stay involved in sport and I am currently coaching in the City of Derby, where I trained for many years as a youngster and also working for the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust which aims to inspire and motivate disengaged young people to better themselves so I will definitely be keeping busy."
Good luck with all that to a man who never failed to be gracious about his fellow competitors, teammates and in his dealings with the media.