Adam Peaty coaching young swimmers at Strood Sports Centre as part of his prestigious race clinics
Adam Peaty coaching young swimmers at Strood Sports Centre as part of his prestigious race clinics.
Published: Thursday, 1st September 2022

Swimming champion Adam Peaty OBE has returned to Medway to teach young swimmers.

Olympic and Commonwealth champion Adam and his team ran prestigious race clinics in eight locations across the country, including at Medway Council’s sports centre in Strood on Thursday, 1 September to teach swimmers the secrets to his success.

Adam won the first British gold medal of Tokyo Olympics in the 100m breaststroke. He also became the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title.

The eight-time world champion is also the holder of the world record in 50m and 100m breaststroke and won a gold medal in the 50m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham earlier this summer.

Children aged eight to 17 had a unique opportunity to gain insight into Adam’s career as an Olympic Champion and world record holder.

This was the third time Adam has visited Medway and lucky swimmers were able to learn the art of breaststroke from the very best.

Delighted to welcome Adam and his team back to Medway

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Services, said: “We were delighted to welcome Adam and his team back to Medway as part of their national race clinic tour. Medway has excellent sporting facilities and has produced some great sporting stars. We know Adam is hero to many young swimmers and I am pleased children and young people had the opportunity to learn from him, and his team, at one of our sports centres.

“As well as being fun and a great way to spend time with your family, swimming is an important life skill. If you think your child could be an Olympic champion in the making, or simply want them to gain confidence in the water, book swimming lessons at one of our sports centres.”

Swimming is a life skill 

Adam Peaty OBE said: “It’s great to be back here. It’s great to see the kids so passionate about sport and we will help the kids as much as we can to be the next Olympians. Swimming is life skill and it’s a skill that’s decreasing year on year at the moment and we need to make a lot more effort to make swimming fun and accessible. My top tip to swimmers is energy and attention to detail. These are not just swimming skills, they’re life skills. We’re trying to get them into the world with as much passion as possible.”

Providing more opportunities for children and young people supports the council’s aspiration to become a child-friendly city.

Strood Sports Centre boasts a bright reception area, a large fitness suite and gym to create a modern and inviting space for local people to enjoy and keep fit and healthy.  

Medway is home to competitive swimming clubs, triathlon groups and plenty of keen swimmers who enjoy all of the exceptional facilities Medway has to offer, including the UK’s only riverside salt-water lido at the Strand in Gillingham.

Find out more about Medway's sports centres

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