Becoming the poster girl for race equality in sport is the last thing Alice Dearing wants, but at present the young swimmer can see no other way around the issue, writes Alice-Reeves Turner.
She may only be 22, but Dearing, the only black swimmer in the Team GB swimming squad, has long been on a mission to dispel myths that have long existed in her sport: the main one being that black people, can’t, or shouldn’t, swim.
She has directly experienced issues of racism in sport. At the age of 17, a rival swimmer’s coach indirectly referred to Dearing as a “skinny n****r”.
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