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Spofforth calls time on swimming career

21st September 2012

World record holder Gemma Spofforth has made the decision to call an end to her swimming career and announced her retirement from the sport after almost ten years at the top.

Spofforth has competed at every level of swimming on an international stage including two Olympics Games.

I have had a very roller-coaster career and I feel that I cannot top a home crowd in London or a world record in Rome.

She impressed the world by carving out a new World record and winning the gold medal in the 100m Backstroke at the World Championships in 2009 before going on to win two Commonwealth medals the following year.

She ended her career in front of the home crowd at the Aquatics Centre during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

On her choice to retire Spofforth said: “I have had a very roller-coaster career and I feel that I cannot top a home crowd in London or a world record in Rome, I cannot top the experiences I have had and most importantly the friends I have made through the sport.

"I have started my 'new life', 'new career' in grad school as a counsellor and I am volunteering as a coach here at UF so I feel very much connected to the swimming world while taking my life in the direction I want it to go.

“When it comes down to it the races and competition are not what will stay with me, the people and friends I have met and made will stay with me forever.

"I would love to thank everyone who has made this journey possible, specifically the unconditional support and love my dad has given me over these years, the patience my brother has shown with his world travelling sister. And the fantastic coaching I have received from each and every one of my coaches."

British Swimming National Performance Director Michael Scott said: “Gemma has enjoyed an outstanding career and has been a valuable member of the British team for almost ten years.
“She has represented Great Britain at all levels and has been a great ambassador for the sport.
“On behalf of everyone at British Swimming I would like to wish Gemma luck in her future both personally and professionally.”

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