UTTOXETER’S own swimming superstar is to chase a gold medal at international games.
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of high intensity training weeks for Adam Peaty, of Byrd’s Lane, as he prepares to chase gold in the breaststroke sprints at the Commonwealth Games in July.
The 19-year-old said family and friends were ‘incredibly proud’ of his achievements to date, but assured the Advertiser he had his mind fully focussed on getting through the training before he would allow himself to be excited about the event.
Mr Peaty, who was born and bred in Uttoxeter, said he first knew he would dedicate himself to swimming at the age of 14 when he started to progress rapidly and win national medals.
He told the Advertiser: “At the moment I’ve got a really tough training schedule. I do nine two-hour sessions in the pool a week and five one-hour gym sessions so it’s very intensive.
“I go down to the holding camp for Team England on July 10 so I’m building up to that at the moment.
“I was very excited when it was first announced officially on May 7, though I knew when I’d swum a record fast time a few weeks before that I had qualified.
“At the moment I need to focus on the training process and getting as well prepared as I can, so I’m not allowing myself to be too excited yet.
“I think my family and friends are more excited than me at the moment, they are really proud.
“I first knew I wanted to swim at a top level when I was 14.
“I was progressing rapidly and winning national medals.
“It was then that I started to aim higher.
“It’s all about Rio isn’t it?
“I think it’s everyone’s dream to go to the Olympics.
“I think at the moment I have got as good a chance as possible, I’m doing the right training and hopefully I can get there.
“It seems only two weeks ago it was 2013, time flies when you’re busy but I think it does whatever you are doing.
“When I’m not training I try to find ways to relax and I also go to college.”