Repton School celebrates as its Gold medal pool star, Adam Peaty, shines in Rio

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Around 200 people gathered at Repton School’s Sports Centre on the morning of Monday August 8 to watch GB swimmer Adam Peaty power his way to an Olympic gold medal and a new world record in the men’s 100m breaststroke event.

Around 200 people gathered at Repton School’s Sports Centre on the morning of Monday August 8 to watch GB swimmer Adam Peaty power his way to an Olympic gold medal and a new world record in the men’s 100m breaststroke event.

The live screening was organised as a result of the fact that Peaty, 21, trains up to eight times a week at Repton School, working with his coach Melanie Marshall who is the school’s swimming coach. He started training at the independent boarding school, near his hometown of Uttoxeter on the outskirts of Derby, five years ago.

More than a dozen members of his family and members of the City of Derby Swimming Club were among those gathered at the Sports Centre. Adam had already broken his own world record in the heats of the Olympic competition and thrilled everyone by shaving even more time from it in the final to complete two lengths in 57.13 seconds. 

The Repton audience willed Adam on and as he touched the wall the room erupted. The total silence of the start of the race was replaced by cheering, shouting and tears of joy being shed by viewers who hugged each other and literally jumped with joy.

Speaking to Schools Together, Repton's Director of Sport, Ian Pollock, said:

"It is a real privilege for Repton to have been able to support Adam's achievement in some way by being able to facilitate his training. It undoubtedly proves what great opportunities for participation can be had at schools like Repton with their facilities, but moreover illustrates what can be achieved with these opportunities combined with an incredible training culture like Adam has. The hours we have seen him put in both in our pool and our gym means we can fully understand how he has become so far ahead of the rest of the world in his event."

Last week, The Guardian included an article about Adam Peaty training at Repton's swimming pool which can be viewed in full here.