‘He’s our hero’: Adam Peaty’s swimming club celebrates his success

City of Derby club, as well as Repton school and town of Uttoxeter, proclaim their calm, confident world-beating Olympian

Adam Peaty’s lifeguard, Deborah Hood-Leverett, leans over the reception counter of his local swimming pool and proudly shows off her iPhone: her background is a beaming selfie with the Olympic champion taken just a week before he flew to Rio. “I said: ‘I better get a photo now because you won’t want to know me when you’ve got a gold medal’,” she says.

A swimming teacher at Repton school in Derbyshire, Hood-Leverett watched with a tear in her eye as the 21-year-old local lad won Olympic gold in the early hours of Monday morning – smashing a world record in the process. “To sit up in that high chair and watch him swim, I find it quite a privilege,” she adds. “When he comes back I’ll want a better photo.”

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