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Jo Jackson recalls learning to swim

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Everyone has to start somewhere, even top athletes. So asked top GB swimmers for their memories of taking to the water. Here Jo Jackson shares her earliest memories and more.

Jo Jackson

Jo JacksonMy first memory

"It may not be my first memory but my best memory of swimming is getting my 25m badge. I just remember getting the badge and my mum putting it on my towel. I was so proud.

"Getting badges and certificates as a child after that always made me feel really proud. It was because my sister had them and I wanted to get more than her! A bit of rivalry."

Learning to swim has led to Jo breaking European and world records. Click here learn more about her record breaking career so far.

A few things you may not know about Jo

  • Who would play you in a film of your life and why? "Reese Witherspoon in a romantic comedy. Because I like rom-coms, they make me happy, I like her characters in films and she is a good actress!"
  • What don’t we know about you? "I have an older brother!"
  • What is the highest number of press ups you have done in a single session? "About five. I actually do press ups on my knees! I can’t do them. I am not very good at upper body weights, pull ups also – I can’t do them."
  • How long can you hold your breath under water?  "Just over two minutes when I last did it. But I doubt I can get anywhere near that now with the asthma"

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