Swimming: Ross Davenport believes the time is right to announce his retirement

Last Updated: 09/11/12 8:10am

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Ross Davenport: Former double Commonwealth champion is retiring from swimming

Ross Davenport: Former double Commonwealth champion is retiring from swimming

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Ross Davenport, the former double Commonwealth champion, has announced his retirement from swimming.

In Barcelona in 2003, the three-time Olympian made his debut for Great Britain at the World Championships as part of the 4x200m relay team.

He also went on to win four Commonwealth medals, including individual gold in the 200m freestyle in Melbourne in 2006 - an event he regards as a highlight of his career.

Having swum at Loughborough University for nine years, Davenport is sad to be hanging up his goggles but believes the time is right for a change.

He said: "It has been a privilege and honour to represent my country in a sport that I love. But it is time to move on.

"I still want to stay involved in sport and I am currently coaching in the City of Derby, where I trained for many years as a youngster, and also working for the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust which aims to inspire and motivate disengaged young people to better themselves, so I will definitely be keeping busy."

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