Former Cheadle scholar is teaching his rival swimmers a thing or two

FORMER Cheadle scholar Adam Peaty was named 2017 British Swimming Athlete of the Year at the British Swimming Awards hosted at the Old Trafford county cricket ground in Manchester.

It was a back-to-back prestigious recognition for the ex-student at Painsley RC College, after already having collected the Overall Athlete of the Year Award at the Grand Connaught Rooms, in London, following a successful 2016 season in the pool

Olympic and World Champion Adam, who was brought up in Uttoxeter, where his first taste of competitive swimming was gained with the Dove Valley Club, has dominated men’s breaststroke sprinting since breaking onto the global stage in 2014.

This year has been no different for Adam – now living in Leicestershire to be closer to his training base – who has broken even more of his own records on the way to continued podium-topping success.

The National Centre Loughborough athlete collected Great Britain’s first pool medal of the FINA World Championships in Budapest earlier this year, with gold in the Men’s 100m breaststroke.

Adam also defended his 50m breaststroke world title in the Hungarian capital breaking the world record twice on his way to the gold medal and made up one fourth of the British quartet that claimed silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay setting a new British record in the process.

Adam recently collected his MBE for services to swimming and sport after being recognised in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list following his record-breaking in achievements in Rio last year.

I’m so proud to receive this award,” Adam said, speaking at the British Swimming Awards ceremony in Manchester.

To have been able to defend both of my individual world titles in Budapest this summer has been a real career highlight and something that many athletes don’t often get to achieve.

I have to thank the brilliant team around me and the great setup I have in Loughborough, especially my coach Mel [Marshall], and its awesome to see her win an award [Coach of the Year] tonight.”