Sharron Davies is one of Britain's most recognised celebrities having achieved fame primarily as a swimmer. She is also a television personality, model, author and interior designer.
Probably one of the most recognized British athletes of all time, Sharron Davies was something of a swimming protégé taking her first plunge for her country at the age of only eleven. In 1976, she was selected for the Montreal Olympics and the rest as they say, is history. By the time she was 14, Sharron already had two European bronze medals under her belt but it was a year later when she really came into her own, winning Commonwealth gold in both the 200m and 400m individual medley events. Her outstanding form continued to 1980 taking silver at the Moscow Olympics, finishing behind Petra Sneider. Later it was announced that the winning swim had been drug enhanced, the incident later becoming the subject of a Channel 4 documentary.
At the age of 18, Sharron decided to retire from competition and dabble with a career in the media. However, it wasn’t long before she was back in the water and promptly regained her 200m title.
In 1994, Sharron returned to the Commonwealth Games as Ladies Captain. Leading from the front, she came home with silver and bronze medals.
In short, Sharron’s remarkable career in the sport of swimming, spanned an incredible 30 years during which time her list of credits include; 200 British records, 5 World Masters records, an MBE for services to swimming and she has twice been voted British Press Sportswoman of the Year.
Finally retiring from competition in 1994, Sharron rekindled her connection with the media and is now a regular face on television commentating and presenting from such major events as the Seoul, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio Olympics, the latter being her 11th Olympiad as a broadcaster.
A committed charity worker, Sharron is Patron of Disabled Sport England and The Sports Aid Foundation but is perhaps better known for her involvement with her own annual swimming event, Swim For Life which was launched with Princess Diana and has raised millions of pounds for various causes.
On the corporate circuit, Sharron is in great demand as a motivational speaker and for awards hosting and presenting.