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Adlington Intervention Leads To Talks

Dec 6, 2012  - Craig Lord

Rebecca Adlington, double Olympic champion from 2008 who followed up with double bronze at London 2012, has held talks with the British federation after criticising the board over its handling of a post-Games review.

The federation will meet leading athletes to discuss issues next month. Adlington confirmed: "I had a conversation with David about a number of issues. The main outcome being that the athlete leadership groups meets with David in January to discuss working together through better communication moving forward."

Candidates for head coach and performance director, the top two jobs in the federation's world-class performance programme, have been approached, while British Swimming appointed Mark Perry as Interim technical Leader on Wednesday following Adlington's criticism. 

Meanwhile, a tradition of holding trials in spring months out from the main international competition of the summer looks set to be scrapped in favourite of a June trials date.

A British Swimming statement reads:

British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes has held initial discussions with Olympic swimmer Becky Adlington to listen to concerns raised following this week’s publication of the London 2012 Performance Debrief Report.

 A healthy debate took place where Sparkes listened to and responded to the issues raised by Becky in the media this week.

 Sparkes will now meet the British Swimming Athlete Leadership Group next month to update on actions from the Debrief report and to ensure enhanced two-way communication with the group.