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Adam Peaty - Uttoxeter's golden boy welcomed home by his family and friends

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

By Jenny Moody

  • GOOD TO BE BACK . . . Adam arrives back home in Uttoxeter

  • GOLDEN WONDER . . . Adam with his father Mark and mother Caroline and his haul of medals.

  • Adam celebrates winning the Men's 100m Breaststroke

  • Adam during the heats of the Mens Open 200m Breaststroke

  • Adam collects his gold medal for the Men's 100m Breaststroke with silver medal winner South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh (left) and Bronze medal winner Scotland's Ross Murdoch

  • Commonwealth champion Adam Peaty

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SWIMMER Adam Peaty was been welcomed back to his home town with open arms – proudly armed with his three winning medals.

The 19-year-old arrived at his home in Byrds Lane to a crowd of his friends and family wanting to congratulate him on his Commonwealth Games success.

Banners adorned some of the houses and cars beeped and congratulated him as they drove past.

Mr Peaty told the Post and Times: "It is absolutely amazing. I can't put it into words how I feel about all the events as well as the 50 metres. I woke up after about half-an-hour's sleep and was looking forward to coming home.

"I have been away for three weeks so it is great to be back on English soil. I definitely think this has inspired others to start swimming. I have had a few tweets from young and old people saying they will now get back in the water.

"It great that, as well as being entertainment, it is acting as an inspiration to other people."

However, the teenager will not be giving himself a well-earned break after his championship success as he revealed he is now preparing to get straight back into training.

He said: "I have no plans for celebrations yet as I want to get back on the training ready for European championships.

"I am not going to put any pressure on myself for the Olympics in 2016. I am just going to keep doing the work and training and hope I don't get an injury or fall ill so I can just give it my best shot."

His mother Caroline said she was ecstatic to have her championship son back home and is planning to spend some time together as a family before he gets back to the pool.

She said: "It is brilliant to have him back home and most of the neighbours and some family have come out to welcome him home.

"We are going to go for a meal to celebrate, but Adam is really tired and just wants to chill out and do his own thing.

"I am going to be the protective mum and just let him do his own thing all day."

Mrs Peaty said she was so proud of her son as he had dedicated his life to swimming for the last five years and now the hard work has really paid off.

However, she said more support was needed for young athletes in Uttoxeter as the town had a lot of talent but it took more than that to make it to the big time.

She said: "I feel really happy he has achieved what he wanted to achieve and because he is happy. I cannot put into words how proud I am of him. I am lost for words. I knew in my guts he would get a gold as he wanted it so badly.

"We are all here to support Adam and we always tell him to go out and enjoy himself. He will always give 100 per cent and what more can you ask? I would like to thank our family and neighbours who have supported us and the Stanley Matthews Trust who helped with finances when we hit rock bottom, as it can be very expensive.

"Without people supporting him all the way through we wouldn't have been able to support Adam and get him to where he is today.

"Uttoxeter needs to get behind its athletes as it is not just about the talent. There is a lot of pride in Uttoxeter and we are very appreciative of all of the support."

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