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Golden boy Adam Peaty on his future

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

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UTTOXETER swimming sensation Adam Peaty says he would be glad to see the town's leisure centre named in his honour – and is looking forward to taking a few weeks off enjoying his civic homecoming.

Adam, who recently secured a world record in the 50-metres breaststroke, told the Advertiser that having the new leisure bear his name would encourage young people to follow in his footsteps.

Adam said: "I'd be glad of the leisure centre being named after me. I think it would be great to encourage children to start swimming early and show them what they can achieve if they do.

"I'm just taking each season at a time. My next big event will be the World Championships and then after that I want to go for the Olympics.

"The support from Uttoxeter and the whole country has been amazing."

Adam will be attending a homecoming party on September 27, an invite-only civic reception of Uttoxeter's dignitaries to celebrate his achievements.

He will also walk along High Street from 7pm, where locals will get the chance to congratulate him.

And Adam said he was looking forward to taking some time off to relax after a hectic few months.

He said: "It will be great to meet some of the people who have got behind me at the homecoming party.

"I'm having a few weeks off to spend time with friends and family and then I'll be back in the water from September 17.

"Getting a world record at the European Championships was indescribable."

Peaty claimed four gold medals – and broke a world record in the 50-metres breaststroke – at the European Championships in Berlin to help Great Britain top the medal table in their most successful event ever.

He also won two golds and a silver at the Commonwealth Games.

He is now being backed for Olympic glory in 2016 by Olympian Rebecca Adlington, who said he had the 'perfect build, mental strength and works hard'.

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