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Alison Sheppard

Aquatics

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Alison Sheppard
Aquatics

Alison competed in five consecutive Olympic Games starting in 1988 and was one of Britain’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.

  • Date of Birth 05/11/1972
  • Birth Place Glasgow
  • Commonwealth Games Representation 1990, 1998, 2002

Did You Know?

  • Alison's Commonwealth gold in 2002 was the first swimming title won by a Scot since David Wilkie in 1974 and first by a woman since Elenor Gordon in 1954

Career Highlights

1 st
Manchester 2002
50m Freestyle - Women
3 rd
Manchester 2002
50m Butterfly - Women
2 nd
2001 World Championships
4 x 100m Freestyle
3 rd
2000 Olympic Games
4 x 100m Freestyle
3 rd
2000 Olympic Games
50m Freestyle
1 st
1999 World Championship (SC)
4 x 100m Freestyle
3 rd
1999 World Championship (SC)
50m Freestyle
3 rd
1999 European Championships (LC)
50m Freestyle
3 rd
1999 European Championships (LC)
4 x 100m Freestyle
2 nd
Kuala Lumpur 1998
50m Freestyle - Women
5 th
Auckland 1990
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Women
5 th
Auckland 1990
4 x 100m Medley Relay - Women