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Rebecca Adlington to help out on road to Rio

By Liz Byrnes

Head coach Bill Furniss has revealed that double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington will begin a mentoring role with British Swimming next month as he prepares to lead a 12-strong Great Britain team at the European Short-Course Championships starting in Herning, Denmark today.

Just one medal, courtesy of Fran Halsall, at the World Championships in Barcelona underlined Furniss' belief that the swimmers need to compete more often against quality opposition.

Furniss guided Adlington to Olympic glory and has spoken previously about harnessing her "mental toughness".

He confirmed yesterday Adlington would start working with junior swimmers in an advisory capacity ahead of the Rio Olympics in 2016.

"Rebecca will be working as a mentor. She has already done a session with the coaches," he said.

"It will be with a selected group of juniors. She has experience and importantly she gets it. We want to use that expertise."

Olympic 200m breaststroke silver medallist Michael Jamieson and Halsall will compete in Denmark before they move on to the Duel in the Pool in Glasgow shortly before Christmas.

For Halsall, 2013 has been a year of change after her failure to make the podium in London left her distraught.

A new coach in James Gibson has meant a change of direction for Halsall

"It is more me driven, he is a guide and not dictating to me," she said. "I make decisions, the ownership is on me. It gives you a new skill."

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