Welsh swimmer David Davies has annouced his retirement from the
world of competitve swimming. Hailed as one of Britain's most
successful Olympic swimmers he has enjoyed a career
spanning the last decade.
Barry-born Davies made his international debut swimming for
Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 and followed
it up a year later with a fourth place in his first World
It was at the Olympic Games in Athens where Davies made his mark
on world swimming, when at the age of 19, he won his first Olympic
medal, bronze in the 1500m Freestyle and continued his success from
In his ten-year tenure on the international scene, the
three-time Olympian has won medals in the 1500m Freestyle at every
level of international competition.
In 2008 Davies broke into Open Water Swimming and in his first
World Championships won silver and qualified for the inaugural
marathon swimming event at the Beijing Olympics.
The British record holder won his second Olympic medal in
Beijing taking silver in the 10km race and earned his place in
the Swim Wales Hall of Fame.
On his next step Davies is excited to be taking up a position
with Sport Wales to help inspire the next generation of
"I have had an amazing career," he said."I have achieved so much
more than I ever thought possible when I was a youngster.
"I have had terrific support from my family and my coach of many
years Dave Haller in Cardiff who coached me to my first Olympic
medal in Athens.
"I would also like to thank everyone at British Swimming who has
helped me along the way.
"I had three great years at Loughborough under the guidance of
Kevin Renshaw who coached me to a silver medal in Beijing. I have
made some fantastic friends along the way.
"I am going on to work as a Performance Lifestyle
Advisory/Athlete Mentor for Sport Wales so I hope to stay involved
with young swimmers and hopefully help them to achieve their
sporting ambitions as I have."