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Adam
Peaty
Great BritainGreat Britain, GBR
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
28 December 1994
Height
191 cm
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
National Centre Loughborough: England
Name of coach
Melanie Marshall [personal], GBR, from 2009; Bill Furniss [national]

General Interest

Hobbies
Walking, spending time with his dog, playing computer games. (metro.co.uk, 26 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
British swimmers Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis. (derbytelegraph.co.uk, 12 Apr 2014)
Injuries
He was affected by a stretched biceps tendon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (shropshirestar.com, 25 Jul 2018; telegraph.co.uk, 09 Apr 2018)
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
He was named British Swimming's Athlete of the Year [awarded to best athlete across all aquatic disciplines] in 2016 and 2017. He was also named British Swimming's Swimmer of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. (swimming.org, 10 Nov 2019; swimswam.com, 09 Nov 2019)

He was named Male Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming Federation [LEN] in 2016, 2017 and 2019. (bbc.co.uk, 09 Jan 2020; swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2018)

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)
Milestones
He became 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. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2018; bbc.com, 25 Jul 2017; theguardian.com, 06 Aug 2015)
Ambitions
To win gold in the men's 100m breaststroke at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (bbc.co.uk, 21 Jul 2019)
Other information
COACHING
In 2019 he founded Adam Peaty Race Clinics, which offers training sessions for young swimmers at various locations in Great Britain. During the clinics he and other coaches work with the swimmers to improve mental strength as well as their ability in the pool. "The basic headline of sport is to inspire as many people as possible. We're teaching them how to use their mental skills, the mental skills that helped me win the worlds and the Olympics. If I'm training my body to go to gold why am I not training my mind?” (timesandstar.co.uk, 19 Aug 2019; apraceclinics.com, 20 Aug 2019)

GIVING BACK
He has undertaken charity work for the Perfect Day Foundation, travelling to Zambia at age 17 to support the organisation'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)

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)