Adam Peaty Swimming Clinic Jan 2016

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Swimmers dive into 2016

8 January 2016


Report from the Adam Peaty Swim Clinic at Repton School, Repton, Derbyshire


2-3 January 2016


On the 2nd and 3rd January, 12 of our swim team attended the Adam Peaty Swim Clinic at Repton School, Derbyshire (Ninah Strydom, Bethany Hook, Vita Milana, Poppy Holmes, Georgia Bowers, Isabella Childs, Grace Mitchell, Laura Wright, Zoë Naylor-Perrott, Amelia Childs, Jasmine Wallace and Lilie Chambers).


Our swimmers were coached by Mel Marshall, the 2nd time winner of the Swim Coach of the Year Award, the UK's most decorated female athlete at the Commonwealth Games, Double Olympian and Coach to Adam Peaty, the current World Record Holder of the 50m and 100m breaststroke events. Adam will begin his Olympic trials in Glasgow in April for the 2016 Rio Olympics.   He demonstrated his breaststroke prowess in the pool whilst also giving feedback to all swimmers who were truly inspired by his work ethic, technical ability and sheer power base.


The course covered land based and pool based technical work and our swimmers were fully engaged in the 2-day training camp which challenged, motivated and (by the end of both days) tested their endurance and mental stamina to their limits.  The girls were complimented on their efforts, participation and standard of work.  They were privileged to share in his swimming journey so far and to learn of his principles which are:

  • "Stay humble during success and stay hungry during failure"

  • Be yourself

  • Stay honest with your work

  • Always move forward

  • Listen to everyone’s advice, you may not know what you might pick up

  • Don’t waste your time

  • Be grateful.”


We have been invited to future camps which are timed around Adam’s busy Olympic schedule and will explore levels of interest in attending these.  It was a truly inspiring and motivational experience and we look forward to seeing our swimmers embrace what they learned over the course of the week-end.


Thank you to the parents who accompanied us on our trip and helped in the supervision of our swimmers, who were a credit to themselves.


Richard Smith and Martha Dean


Walthamstow Hall Swimming Coaches