Nocher retires from swimming aged 24

Updated: Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 20:08

Two-time Olympian Melanie Nocher has announced her retirement from swimming at the age of 24.

Nocher competed at the Olympics in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and won a bronze medal at the European Short Course Championships.

She was also Irish National champion six times before she turned 19.

Nocher said: "I will always be involved with swimming at some level but I am now ready to move on to other challenges.

"I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who has helped me along the way. I can promise I will remember everyone who has helped me.

"I am walking away from swimming a better all round person and have enjoyed every minute of it and made many many friends along the way."