Adam Peaty has a new World Record to his name. An incredible performance at the LEN European Aquatics Championship where he clocked a staggering 57:10 seconds [amended after timings were corrected] for the 100m breaststroke. A huge 1.54 seconds ahead of team mate James Wilby in second place.
We've worked with Adam and the team at TLA Worldwide and his performance swimwear partner arena water instinct since we started Mallory Group and I always volunteer myself for the media meet and greets (well someone has to hold his robe ...).
Adam always impresses me not only with his dedication to the sport and his determination to push himself beyond his physical and mental limits (as one would expect from any top level sportsperson), but for me it is his professionalism with everyone he meets, his varied interests and his genuine desire to inspire the next generation that really catches my attention.
In my opinion, he's a role model for all generations and his drive to always improve and find that extra 0.1% - which will make the difference between first and not first - should be an example for all of us in business. His interview with the BBC really resonated, especially when talking about his disappointment at not taking home the gold medal at the recent Commonwealth Games:
"It doesn't matter when it happens, sometimes you just need a loss to give you a reality check - in all walks of life."
Wise words from a young sporting superstar. No one is immune to the reality check: it's just how we choose to face them that will stand us apart from the rest of the pack.
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