Rebecca Adlington wants to be new Sue Barker

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 May 2013
Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington

Former Olympian Rebecca Adlington wants to follow in the footsteps of Sue Barker and host 'Question of Sport' in the future

Rebecca Adlington wants to become the new Sue Barker.

The retired swimmer - who won two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics - is keen to follow in the footsteps of the professional tennis player turned TV presenter so much so she would love to take her place as the host of 'Question of Sport' when the 57-year-old quits the BBC quiz show.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I'd love to do bits of presenting. I'd love to be a bit Sue Barker-ish, how she is. I'd absolutely love to do that stuff. There are so many presenters out there already though I guess it's just trying to find a way in.

"I guess it depends if someone has got a job for me then I'll do it.

"I'd love to present 'Question of Sport'. That kind of thing is brilliant and I love all that.

"I wouldn't want to do commentary, but events like the Olympic stuff would be fantastic. I would love to work at an Olympics, that's been a passion of mine for so long and something I have wanted to achieve. It would be amazing to work in Rio."

The 24-year-old star has also been picking up tips from Clare Balding - who hosted the BBC's London 2012 Olympics coverage - and thinks the 'Britain's Brightest' host is "brilliant" at her job.

She added: "You've got to be passionate and enjoy what you do and that's what I really like about Clare. What I also like about Clare is she was never afraid to refer back to her piece of paper. She didn't get her facts wrong because she wasn't afraid to have it in front of her. I loved that.

"No one should be expected to learn every single fact so that's what I like about her. She's just brilliant. Everyone just warmed to her during the Olympics."

Rebecca is encouraging the nation to eat healthily by taking the Quorn Make One Change Challenge. To find out how Quorn can help reduce calories and fat in some of your favourite meals, visit

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