Melanie Marshall is another Lincolnshire inspiration who has secured a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – but not as an athlete.
Melanie, who was born in Boston, coaches swimmer Adam Peaty, who has three world records to his name.
Before retiring at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Mel won over twenty international medals as a swimmer and is to this day England’s most decorated female athlete ever at a Commonwealth Games, winning six medals in one single games.
Mel has achieved plenty out of the swimming pool too. She won British Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016, Swimming World magazine International Coach of the Year and has also been nominated by the BBC for Coach of the Year at the prestigious Sports Personality of the Year Awards.
Despite moving out the county, Mel is still involved with sport in Lincolnshire. She has coached at Lincoln Pentaqua swimming club, inspiring more youngsters and potential Olympians, and has visited local schools, including St Hugh’s school in Woodhall Spa as part of a charity auction.
Along with coaching, Mel runs MM Swim Inspiration residential swim camps, where up to eighty 9 to 14-year-olds spend a week with her, perfecting their technique and learning vital skills outside of the pool. Mel also helps to develop volunteering and coaching skills at MM Swim Inspiration camps.
In 2012 Mel teamed up with swimmers Adam Peaty, Rebecca Adlington, Ross Davenport and Jo Jackson for a 280-mile African bike ride and raised £30,000 for Zambian charity, Sport in Action.
Have fun out in Rio, Mel and we wish Adam all the luck in the world – not that he needs it!