Renowned British Swimmer, Adam Peaty and his coach Mel Marshall took time off their busy schedule to grace the 50/50 challenge, a project aimed at raising 50,000 pounds for Perfect Day Foundation projects and helping young sportsmen and women.
Recent international Children’s Peace Prize Nominee and Perfect Day Foundation reporter, Stewart Luunga, had a chat with Adam on the fourth day of the 50/50 challenge at Munali School.
What do you make of Zambia so far?
I love Zambia because it offers so much each time. I came in 2012 and 2014, both times I have learnt so much about myself and the country and this time as well, I have met new people and I have had new experiences. All together it’s just been an amazing place.
Why did you decide to get involved in this kind of event?
Obviously Mel is on board with it and it is something I have been doing for the last 5 years, so it is just great to come out here and have the taste of the real world what it is like and hopefully can make a difference.
What do you think is the importance of young people involving themselves in Sport?
It is incredible what Sport can do. It is the foundation block of anything good, the rivalry you can create between countries and people. Without Sport I wouldn’t have known any of you and the people I have met. So it is just an amazing thing to do. So the more children involved, probably the more they can learn how to work hard and follow their dreams because if you want to get anywhere in this world especially in this year-2017. It is getting harder and harder so children need to know that it just takes hard work to get where you want to go.
Apart from swimming, what is your favourite Sport?
I quite like basketball now. Basketball is pretty good. You can barge into people and get away with it (laughs). It is rough but not too rough.
What is your advice to young people who are planning to follow your career or who are planning to have a career in another sporting activity?
I think that especially for young people it’s important to just keep working hard, day in, day out. The daily grind is so important, every single day you need to be doing your sport in some form or another. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.
What would you have been if you weren’t a swimmer?
I am not sure really, I think I would have been in the army-that is what I was interested in but obviously swimming became my career.
What are your future plans?
Keep winning, keep gaining more records and see where I end up. I think I have probably got ten years left in swimming. It is a long time, I hope to give as much as possible and pay back to the grassroots.