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Oundle School hosts Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty for AP Race Clinics

A school has hosted lessons with an Olympic gold medallist and world record holder to inspire young swimmers.

Oundle School’s new sports centre was selected as one of 10 centres in the United Kingdom to host an AP Race Clinics event.

AP Race Clinics were created by Adam Peaty in 2019 to revolutionize the usual concept of a swim clinic to teach young people how to race. They have consisted of a swim station, with technique lessons, a land station focused around body weight exercises, and a ‘Racing Edge Station’, based around the mental side of racing and how the elite swimmers get the winning edge.

The new sports centre at Oundle School
The new sports centre at Oundle School

At the end of August, the triple Olympic Gold medallist and his team were welcomed at the 50m swimming pool to inspire young swimmers.

It was Adam’s first face-to-face tour since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and he was keen to help the next generation of athletes looking to follow in his footsteps.

Adam, who is set to star on this year’s season of Strictly Come Dancing, 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.”

Sally Dayus, sports centre manager, added: “We are thrilled to be hosting Adam Peaty race clinics at the sport centre, having such an inspirational role model sharing his swim success is a real privilege, and who knows we may ask him for some his dancing tips too.”

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