THE swimming club where Adam Peaty started his career has been proudly watching him swim his way gold.
The 19-year-old has been making the town proud as he competed in the Commonwealth Games and his former club - The Dove Valley Swimming Club - has been watching him every step of the way.
The athlete started with the Uttoxeter club before being recommended to the City of Derby as his talent continued to shine through.
Head coach Diane Guyah, who was one of Adam's trainers, said all of his hard work in training and early morning starts had been the reason for his success.
She said: "We are all so pleased for him. It is amazing. He was doing well before he left us as he was competing for the Midlands. He then went to Derby and progressed from there.
"We have all been watching him compete in his races and I for one am immensely proud. I have also been encouraging all my pupils to watch him. All the hard work has really paid off for him.
"I don't think a lot of people understand how hard he trains. It is not just in the pool as he does workouts at the gym and will get up at 4am to train because he loves it. He came down here recently and he spoke to me about it and said he still really enjoys it."
Andrew Barkas, swim 21 co-ordinator, told the Post and Times that everyone had been talking about how well Mr Peaty had been doing in the games.
He said: "We are all very pleased and very proud of Adam. He is a fantastic lad and has been very supportive of the Dove Valley Swimming Club after leaving us.
"Everyone has been talking about him and it is all in glowing terms. It is a credit to the trainers who realised his potential and got him to the City of Derby to continue his training. He still comes back to the club and has even got in the pool and had a swim with the children which really improves their performance. Everyone has been rooted to the TV. We are really proud, everybody in the club is."