Jemma Lowe: Welsh swimmer announces retirement after a decade in the sport
Wales' former European champion Jemma Lowe has retired from swimming.
The international butterfly swimmer competed for Wales in Commonwealth Games and the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
In total Lowe competed at two Olympics, four World Championships, three Commonwealth Games and was part of the world record-setting 4x100m mixed medley relay team in 2014.
"It's been a tough decision but I feel the time is right to move on to the next stage of my life," she said.
"Making the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012 are certainly two of the highest points of my career. It means so much when you achieve something you have dreamed of as a child and worked so hard for.
The 26-year-old says she will always cherish the memory of competing in London at her home Olympics as she reflects on more than a decade dedicated to the sport.
"It is a memory that I will treasure forever," said Lowe, who was born in Hartlepool. "It was the chance of a lifetime and I will never forget the home crowd support - the noise and the passion was immense.