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Adam Peaty encourages younger generation in BBC ‘Lockdown Life’ series

World champion swimmer Adam Peaty had a supportive and motivating message for younger athletes in the midst of the third national lockdown.

Peaty featured on BBC Breakfast’s new series ‘Lockdown Life’ which sees some famous and familiar faces explain how they’re coping during lockdown and offering some top tips.

The breaststroke word record holder encouraged everyone to ‘find something you enjoy’ when it comes to exercise and insisted the younger generation are not ‘falling behind’, as he went on to explain that he didn’t take swimming seriously until the age of 15.

He said: “I feel like a lot of kids feel like they’re falling behind and that’s the kind of culture we’ve got in sport now, where they look at the top of the top and say ‘I want to be there’.

“That’s a great thing, but I think kids have got to remember they’re still kids, they can still have fun, it’s not going to make much of a difference.

“It’s great that kids work hard, but you’re not falling behind at all. I think a lot of kids have just got to relax. You are kids, enjoy it, enjoy the journey.

“If you are watching this right now and you’re 12, 13, 14 – I didn’t even start taking swimming seriously till I was 15 and six years later I was Olympic gold medallist.

“It’s not going to be like that for everyone but I chose the early teen years to have a little bit more fun and I was training two hours a week.

“So you’re not falling behind, enjoy what you do, enjoy this family time hopefully and just walk more than yesterday I guess.”

Find something you enjoy

As an elite athlete, the reigning Olympic champion has been able to continue training throughout lockdown.

However, Peaty revealed he had taken up yoga during the first lockdown and that also helps him to cope.

He added: “There’s so much content out there. If it’s on TikTok or if it’s on Instagram, or if it’s simply going for a walk.

“Find something that you enjoy. There’s nothing worse than doing something you hate. I hate running, I hate it!

“That’s why I don’t do it, so I try something else or try and find something on YouTube to do.

“But there’s so much content out there and it’s really about making it enjoyable, make it fun, make it short and snappy and as long as you’re doing something it’s better than nothing.”

From https://www.swimming.org/sport/adam-peaty-lockdown-life/

Athlete Mental Health and Well-Being sessions

Swim Ireland’s Mental Health and Well-Being Session start next week for athletes aged 13 and over. The four sessions work as a series, or standalone. 

Session 1 – Five Ways to Well-Being
Tuesday 2nd February (19.00-19.30)
Wednesday 3rd February (13.00-13.30)

Session 2 – Triggers and Coping
Tuesday 9th February (19.00-19.30)
Wednesday 10th February (13.00-13.30)

Session 3 – Focusing on your Control
Tuesday 16th February (19.00-19.30)
Wednesday 17th February (13.00-13.30)

Session 4 – The Impact of Giving
Tuesday 23rd February (19.00-19.30)
Wednesday 24th February (13.00-13.30)

SWIMSPIRATION on the Silver Screen!

Thanks to Swim Ireland for this great movie playlist!

1. Kim Swims

The inspiring story of Kim Chambers, following her journey as she tries to become the first woman to swim the 30 cold, shark-ridden miles from Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Watch Kim Swims Online | Vimeo On Demand on Vimeo

2. Swimming With Men

‘We’re just a bunch of middle-aged men, who make funny little patterns in the pool.’ Join Rob Brydon and co on a fantastically fun journey of community, in this film about a group of middle-aged men, who take up synchronised swimming.

Swimming With Men ft. Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves – Official Trailer I HD I IFC Films – YouTube

3. Swim Team

A documentary about the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, a team made up of a diverse group of teenagers on the autism spectrum.

The film follows three of the team’s star athletes, boys on the cusp of adulthood as they face lifetimes of exclusion and dependence. But everything changes when they come together as a team.

Watch Swim Team | Prime Video (amazon.com)

4. The Ponds

A year spent with the swimmers at London’s unique swimming ponds. An uplifting documentary about the lives, loves and losses of the people who swim all year round at the unique Ladies’, Men’s and Mixed ponds on Hampstead Heath, as they have done since the 19th Century.

Watch The Ponds Online | Vimeo On Demand on Vimeo

5. The Guardian

A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the US Coast Guards A School. There he learns the true meaning of heroism and sacrifice when he meets legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall.

Watch The Guardian | Prime Video (amazon.co.uk)

6. Touch The Wall

Family friendly and very motivating documentary about the Missy Franklin story and her rise to the highest level of competitive swimming! Must see.

Watch Touch the Wall | Prime Video (amazon.co.uk)

7. My Big White Thighs And Me

An award-winning short film about womanhood, miscarriage, healing, loving your own skin & freezing your bum off in cold water!

My Big White Thighs And Me (Full Film) on Vimeo

8. Big River Man

A brilliant documentary about eccentric endurance swimmer Martin Strel, as he attempts to swim the length of the Amazon River – fuelled mainly by wine and the support of his son Borut.

Big River Man – UK Trailer – YouTube

9. Seadonkey

One ordinary man’s attempt to swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland across the freezing, jellyfish-filled North Channel.

Sea Donkey | The inspirational story of an ordinary man’s attempt to swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland (seadonkeyfilm.com)

10. Splash

A classic romantic comedy from the 1980s, starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. Hanks’s character falls in love with the mysterious Hannah, who is secretly a mermaid. A feel-good love story.

Splash – 1984 Trailer – YouTube

11. Two Swimmers

The inspirational true story of a swimmer using swimming to recover from a severe back injury, and the English Channel and his child-hood coach as motivation. The dramatic events that unfold are a powerful depiction of the bond between these two swimmers.

TWO SWIMMERS

12. The Deep

The strange true story of the human seal; an Icelandic fisherman, who survived a shipwreck against all odds thanks to his unique body composition.

Watch The Deep | Prime Video (amazon.com)

13. The Swimmer

One summer morning in an affluent Connecticut suburb, troubled suburbanite Ned Merrill decides to swim home via the pools of all his wealthy friends. This film is a Burt Lancaster classic from 1968!

Watch The Swimmer | Prime Video (amazon.co.uk)

14. On a Clear Day – anything is possible.

Finding himself 55 and out of work, Frank Redmond sinks into depression. But he gets a new lease of life when his friend happens to mention in idle conversation swimming to France.

Watch On A Clear Day | Prime Video (amazon.co.uk)

15. Iceman: The story of Lewis Pugh

Follow this famous endurance swimmer on perhaps his most famous swimming challenge – a kilometre without a wetsuit in the Arctic Ocean

Watch Iceman: The Story of Lewis Gordon Pugh | Prime Video (amazon.co.uk)

16. Free Swim

An award-winning documentary film about the paradox of coastal people not knowing how to swim. Taking place on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas we follow a group of kids as they overcome their fears, gain confidence and reconnect with their environment by learning to swim in open waters.

Free Swim : The Film (freeswimmovie.com)

SWIMMERS ARE STRONGER WORKING AS A TEAM with Coach Mark

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Special guest and Olympic coach, Mark Fellner will be joining us online to motivate us to look after our mental well-being during the lockdown.

Join us for SWIMMERS ARE STRONGER WORKING AS A TEAM on Tuesday 26th January 2021 at 7pm.

If you missed this presentation, you can download Mark’s presentation here… click here.