The Sports Centre welcomed the triple Olympic Gold medalist and world record holder, Adam Peaty MBE and his team on August 30. Peaty, who won two gold medals and a silver for Team GB at this summer’s Tokyo Olympic Games, hosted a Race Clinic to help inspire the next generation of athletes looking to follow in his footsteps.
Oundle School Sports Centre was one of ten centres in the UK selected to host an Adam Peaty Race Clinic event.
The Adam Peaty Race Clinics was first established in 2019 by Peaty and his training colleague, British champion Edward Baxter. After the pandemic cancelled clinic dates, this was their first in-person tour since the start of the covid-19 pandemic.
Adam Peaty said: “It means a lot to me to be able to inspire younger athletes as I know that when I was young, I always looked up to the elite swimmers at the time, and the positive impact I can have on them is so powerful.”
Open to swimmers aged eight to 17, Adam and his team provided the ultimate inspirational day, bringing together support for both athletes and parents.
The Race Clinic featured three different stations. The first one focused on breaststroke technique, and station two focused on injury prevention. The final station gave an insight into how to gain the mental edge necessary to compete successfully.
The aim of the Race Clinic was to “make it something that people had never seen before and do something that is often missed out in the swimming world – teaching young swimmers how to race.”
The team behind the Adam Peaty Race Clinics ten day tour covered more than 2,000 miles across the country, coached 1,000 athletes, and entertained over 2,500 spectators.
Oundle School Captain of Swimming, Chuan Lim (F) was just a little bit thrilled to get his team shirt signed!