Sharron Davies was just 13 when she competed as a swimmer in her first Olympic tournament in Montreal, the following year, aged just 14 she took two bronze medals at the 1977 European Championships.
At the age of 15, Sharron won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in the 200 and 400 metre individual medleys. She also picked up a further silver and bronze medal and became a household name. In 1980 Sharron took the silver medal in the 400m individual medley and after a short break from swimming, she returned to the pool where she picked up two more medals at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.
By the time Sharron finally hung up her swimsuit for good in 1994, she had swam in three Olympics; won a total of 40 national titles in National Championships; set British, Commonwealth and 5 World Masters records – one of which still stands today and been awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to swimming. Sharron has also been voted Sportswoman of the Year twice by the British media and came third, behind Ian Botham and Daley Thompson, at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.
Sharron’s career in television began in the early 1980’s when she appeared on shows such as the BBC’s ‘Sporting Superstars’ She later joined the team of former British sports stars in presenting and commentating on sport coverage for the BBC which included covering swimming, but was extended to other sports for the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics. In 1995 she joined ITV’s Gladiators being given the nickname Amazon. A knee injury forced her to withdraw from the gameshow in 1996.
Since then, Sharron has appeared regularly as one of the BBC’s main swimming commentators. She provided commentary for the BBC at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and was a presenter at London’s Olympics Handover Party in the Mall.
London will be Sharron’s 10th Olympics, three competing and six working for the media.