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Adam
Peaty
Great BritainGreat Britain, GBR
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
28 December 1994
Height
191 cm
Weight
85 kg
Residence
Loughborough, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise Science - Derby College: England

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
His mother signed him up for swimming lessons.
Club / Team
Loughborough NC: England
Name of coach
Bill Furniss [national]; Melanie Marshall [personal], GBR, from 2009
Training Regime
He starts training at 06:00, completing three two-hour sessions a day, six days a week.

International Debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
European Short Course Championships
Location
Herning, DEN

General Interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, spending time with friends. (swimming.org, 03 Apr 2014)
Most influential person in career
Coach Melanie Marshall. (swimming.org, 03 Apr 2014)
Hero / Idol
British swimmers Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis. (derbytelegraph.co.uk, 12 Apr 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm a massive believer that all areas of your life need to be equal for you to perform at your best. Lifestyle, family and friendships. If one is out then you are not going to be at that level." (bbc.co.uk, 26 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named British Swimming's Swimmer of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. (swimvortex.com, 05 Nov 2017)

He was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in 2017. (swimswam.com, 31 Dec 2016)

In 2016 he was presented with the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Best Olympic Swimming Performance of the Year after winning gold with a world record time in the 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bbc.co.uk, 05 Dec 2016)

In 2015 he was presented with FINA's Best Swimming Performance of the Year after winning three gold medals at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (codsc.wordpress.com, 01 Feb 2016)

He was named the 2015 Swimming Performance Athlete of the Year by England's Amateur Swimming Association [ASA]. (swimswam.com, 16 Nov 2015)

He received the 2014 Outstanding Performance of the Year award from the British Sports Journalists Association. (swimswam.com, 12 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To defend his Olympic gold medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (skysports.com, 03 Aug 2017)
Other information
LANDMARKS
He became the first athlete to swim the 50m breaststroke in under 26 seconds when he recorded a time of 25.95 in the semifinal at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He was also the first British swimmer to win three gold medals at a single world championships, claiming gold in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 4x100m mixed medley relay at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (bbc.com, 25 Jul 2017; theguardian.com, 06 Aug 2015)

GIVING BACK
He has undertaken charity work for the Perfect Day Foundation, travelling to Zambia at age 17 to support the charity's work with underprivileged children. He returned in 2017 to see how the charity had succeeded in their aims. "This is who I am, I love to give back. When I was first here, aged 17, it was a massive learning curve. It was great to get a perspective of the real world and how the real world is. That is especially important when you start winning medals and breaking world records, it can get out of your head a bit. Yes, you do like fast cars and nice clothes, but it is a fine balance. That is equilibrium at the end of the day. It is great to come back here and give back to so many people." (bbc.co.uk, 28 Aug 2017)

POOL HONOUR
In January 2015 the Uttoxeter Leisure Centre in England named its 25m pool after him. The pool has capacity for 140 spectators. (swimswam.com, 25 Jan 2015)

WATER FEAR
As a child he had a fear of water. "I was scared of water. I hated going in the shower, hated going in the bath and every time I went to the pool I used to climb up my mum's arms. I hated the pool." (swimvortex.com, 02 Dec 2014)