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  • Writer's picturePhil Packer

Olympian, GB Swimming Captain & UK Coaching coach developer, Alan Rapley OLY, supports BRIT

We are delighted that Alan is part of our BRIT Ambassador family and championing the annual BRIT Challenge to support and improve young adult and student mental health and fitness throughout the UK.

Throughout years of multi-disciplinary competitive sport, Alan achieved a career highlight as Captain of the Great Britain 1996 Olympic Swimming Team and competed and finalled in the 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay event at the Atlanta Olympics.

Alan Rapley OLY - Former GB Swimming Captain

“I am delighted to be part of the BRIT Ambassador family and champion the annual BRIT Challenge to support and improve young adult mental health and fitness.

The BRIT Challenge is a super opportunity for every university, college and Students’ Union to enter teams and encourage their students and staff to take part.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put pressure on mental health support services and it has been a tough time for students and young adults; especially those with existing mental health challenges.

BRIT has an inspiring vision to unite Olympians, Paralympians, sports personalities, adventurers and explorers and, as BRIT Ambassadors, support a university and/or college of their choice. By sharing our lived experience, destigmatising mental health, and encouraging students to take part in the BRIT Challenge, we hope to have a UK-wide impact on improving student mental health and fitness.

The BRIT Challenge has been designed to enable young adults and students of all abilities to participate; I urge my fellow Olympians, Paralympians and elite athletes to join our BRIT Ambassador family and champion the BRIT Challenge at universities and colleges throughout the UK.

I look forward to encouraging students and staff at the University of Warwick to take on the BRIT Challenge”.

Alan Rapley OLY - UK Coaching coach developer

Alan retired from elite performance competition and transitioned into supporting elite sport through coaching and consultancy. He has worked across the world with leading coaches, athletes and sports scientists; particularly in swimming.

Alan has been a swimming consultant for British Triathlon and a coach at Loughborough High Performance Centre for Triathlon. Within his current role at UK Coaching, Alan now works with coaches across all Olympic sports to develop their high performance coaching and programmes to support the development of the next Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Alan has recently taken up the role of Head Coach at his local swimming club in Lichfield, to pay forward his knowledge and experience to his local club and aspiring athletes and coaches.

To learn more about Triathlon, please visit the British Triathlon Federation website.

To find out more about British Swimming, please visit the British Swimming website.

To find out more about UK Coaching, please visit the website.

In December 2020, Alan recorded a Vlog with City of Sheffield Swimming Head Coach Russ Barber, who is one of the UK's most successful performance swimming coaches; producing multiple Olympians, Commonwealth Games champions and hundreds of national champions. In the Vlog, Alan and Russ discuss Coaching, Mental Health and Wellbeing;


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