THREE lucky Newport swimmers received a special coaching session from double Olympic champion Becky Adlington last week.

Sioned Collingbourne, aged 15, and sisters Emme Thomas, aged 14, and 12-year-old Anya Thomas are all members of the City of Newport Swimming Club.

The talented trio were treated to an early morning training session with Adlington at the Newport International Pool on Friday.

And Adlington, who has now retired after winning two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and two bronze medals at London 2012, was impressed with what she saw.

“It's great to be able to help young swimmers achieve success and develop their skills,” said the 25-year-old from Mansfield, who also won two golds at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

“The girls are all technically very good – Emme’s stroke reminds me of when I was that age and I hope they all continue to push towards their goals.

“It certainly brings back memories although I don't miss the early starts before school!”

Emme Thomas said: “I loved meeting Becky again. As an Olympic Gold medallist she knows what is required to be the best in your sport and she has given me some really great advice for my future.”

Younger sister Anya Thomas said: “She said my back dive was better than her's ever was but I still think she could best me in a race."

And Collingbourne added: “She was lovely and gave me some great advice on technique.”

James Goodwin, assistant coach at the club, said: “It was terrific that the hard work that they put into the club members is recognised by someone as successful as Becky.

“This was a great opportunity for our swimmers and we certainly appreciate Becky spending time with us.”