SIGNS of a potentially sparkling future were already apparent when Adam Peaty launched his swimming career at Dove Valley SC.
Peaty struck gold at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Glasgow on Monday.
The Uttoxeter 19-year-old won the 50m breaststroke final at the Tollcross pool in 27.43, beating rival and friend Ross Murdoch by 0.02 seconds.
He had already clinched a brace of silver medals – and two Commonwealth Games qualification times – at the Championships.
Peaty won silver in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events in times of 59.79 and 2.07.40 respectively, the second a huge personal best.
Inklings of Peaty’s talent may have been apparent from an early age, but Dove Valley chairman John Plant paid tribute to his dedication.
“Swimming is a very tough sport,” said Plant. “It requires huge amounts of dedication and sacrifice.
“A lot of swimmers show potential. To be a good club swimmer you probably need to put in 30,000 metres a week.
“At Midlands level that’s probably 50 kilometres.
“Adam’s probably doing 70k a week – that’s a lot of pool time, and not only that, you’ve gym work and the nutritional side.
“There’s very few people that can give that focus and single-mindedness that Adam clearly has given.
“It’s not being a monk but it’s being dedicated. It’s looking after yourself.”
Plant also praised the former Painsley Catholic College pupil’s character – and his far from insignificant support staff.
“He doesn’t have pushy parents, he has supportive parents,” the Dove Valley SC chairman said. “Now he’s pushing himself.
“You don’t get to that level without pushing yourself very hard.
“What’s really nice about Adam is he’s never forgotten his routes.
“He comes back to the club, sometimes he’s in the water and other times talking to the swimmers.
“They really look up to him with all he’s achieved.”