Alison competed in five consecutive Olympic Games starting in 1988 and was one of Britainâ€™s leading freestyle sprinters until her retirement in 2005. Alison learned to swim at the Milngavie and Bearsden club and emerged as a potential medal winner aged 15 when she was selected for the 1988 Olympics, held in Seoul, South Korea.
Over her career as a swimmer Alison gained more than sixteen medals at Commonwealth, European and World Championships including gold in the 50m Freestyle and bronze in the 50m Butterfly at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.
Alison was awarded an MBE in 2003 for her services to Swimming. She now runs a swim school, teaching adults and children how to swim in Stirling.