Chris Walker-Hebborn announces retirement
Bath National Centre legend Chris Walker-Hebborn has announced: "The time has come for me to retire from swimming and I just wanted to pass on some words of gratitude to some that have helped me along the way.
"I owe so many people thanks, but most importantly to my family & my 2nd family (O'Connors) - without them I wouldn't be who or where I am today, The support has been unparalleled.
"Secondly, my friends (you know who you are) you've seen me at my best, and been there to pick me up at my worst, I'm forever grateful.
"Thirdly I wanted to thank a few of my coaches throughout my career. There's lots of great coaches I have had the pleasure of working with but a fine few that had a phenomenal impact on me and my time as an athlete. Jack Kelly, Steve Young, Chris Nesbit and Dave McNulty thank you for believing in me.
"Finally I'd like to thank my sponsors, Adidas & JBC Nutrition for supporting me through thick and thin. I have achieved more in swimming than I could have ever dreamed of when I was a young kid starting out in the sport. I have won an Olympic medal, competed in a home Olympic Games, become World Champion,"
|2016 European Championships, London, Gold, 4x100m Mens Medley Relay||2016 European Championships, London, Gold, 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay|
|2015 World Championship, Russia, Gold, 4x100 Mixed Medley||2015 World Record, Russia, 4x100 Mixed Medley, 3:41.71|
|2014 European Championship, Berlin, Gold, 100m Backstroke||2014 European Championship, Berlin, Gold, 4x100m Medley|
|2014 European Championship, Berlin, Gold, 100m Mixed Medley||2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Bronze, 4x100m Free|
|2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Gold, 100m Backstroke||2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Gold, 4x100m Medley|
British Swimming National Performance Director Chris Spice added: “Chris has been an outstanding member of the GB swim team and leaves our sport as an Olympic medallist, World Champion, European Champion, Commonwealth Champion, and he was also World and European record holder which very few athletes in their careers achieve.
"Not only was Chris was a great individual swimmer but he has been an integral part of our multi-medal winning medley relay teams over the past four years and he made a great contribution across the board.
"We wish Chris well in his future endeavours and I know if he applies himself to the next chapter of his life as well as he has with swimming, then he will be a great success.”
Thank you for the memories, Chris and best wishes for the future.