Swimming star Ross Davenport joins campaigning group

IN THE SWIM -- Belper-born Olympian Ross Davenport.
IN THE SWIM -- Belper-born Olympian Ross Davenport.

One of Belper’s most famous sporting sons, international swimming star Ross Davenport, has agreed to become an ambassador for the campaigning group, Derby City Sport Forum.

The forum represents a number of sports in the city and promotes sport and sporting facilities for all.

Belper-born Ross, 31, is a triple Olympian, having competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games. His medal haul includes four at the Commonwealth Games, most notably two golds at the 2006 event in the 200m freestyle and 4X200m freestyle relay at Melbourne, Australia, and one at the European Championships of the same year. This resulted in him being named BBC TV East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year.

A mainstay of the Great Britain and England teams for nearly a decade, Davenport retired from the sport in November 2012.

Since then, he has waded into concerns about the proposed, new swimming pool for Derby, saying the original scheme was not big enough for staging top-level competitions.

Forum chairman Ian Cotter said: “We are delighted that Ross has agreed to become an ambassador for the forum and to help improve sporting facilities and opportunities for all in Derby.

“He is not afraid to speak his mind and is always happy to use his experience constructively in the pursuit of better facilities for local people, including stars of the future.”

Davenport, who went to Belper School but now lives in Loughborough, said: “I was happy to be approached to be an ambassador for the forum as it seeks to promote sport and boost facilities in the city.”