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Sharron Davies on her honour at being inducted into Hall of Fame

Sharron Davies said she felt honoured to named as one of the first inductees into the Swim England Hall of Fame.

Davies became a household name having competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics at the age of 13.

Next year, will be her 12th Olympic Games as either a swimmer and key member of the BBC team covering the major events.

The 56-year-old, who won a silver medal in the 400m Individual Medley at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, says swimming will always be in her blood.

“Swimming has made me who I am,” said Davies who also won two Commonwealth Games gold medals and claimed 20 British titles during her career in the pool. “Once you’re a swimmer, you’re a swimmer for life.

“You are always passionate about it. You speak to a lot of people you swim with and stay in touch with a family within a family.

“To be inducted in the Hall of Fame is amazing. It’s a really clever idea and I’m just really honoured.”

Davies admitted competing in the Olympic Games at the age of 13 wasn’t as daunting as it may seem.

“When you’re 13, you have so much in front of you and you do not worry about making a mistake – it’s just a learning curve,” she said.

“But I loved every minute of it.

“Now it’s an honour to be the first person swimmers talk to on the side of the pool.

“Those interviews are easy if they have swum well. It’s hard when they have trained for hours and it’s just not worked on the day.

“Next year will be my 12th Olympics and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Davies was awarded the MBE for her services to swimming in 1993.

She launched Swim for Life which was raised millions of pounds for various good causes.