ADAM Peaty used to stand up and scream at getting wet in the bath. And his mum's friend had to drag him to Uttoxeter baths when he was signed up for swimming lessons at the age of four. He just didn't like water.
Yet fast forward 15 years, and he is the second fastest breaststroke sprinter in the world, holds two British records and is one of England's hottest prospects for the Commonwealth Games.
"It's so exciting," said his mum, Caroline Peaty, who used to have to be up at 4.30am each day to drive Adam to training before heading off for a full day at work.
"I'm already nervous, but his dad (Mark) is buzzing and his nan can't wait to get to Glasgow.
"Adam stays the same. He's very focused and incredibly competitive. Nothing will distract him from what he's got to do.
"I don't want to put any expectations on him, but he just laughs and says I've got no faith. The truth is, we know he will put 100 per cent into every race."
It was Caroline's pal, Audrey Stevenson, who took the reluctant young Peaty for his first lessons, but it was not long before his fears eased and potential started to show.
Caroline said: "It's taken a lot of work to get to this stage from the time he needed neighbours holding raffles to help fund his expenses.
"It will be a brilliant experience, and Mark and I have told him to just have fun. We're sure he will."