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East Staffordshire golden boy Adam Peaty is home from the Commonwealth Games

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

By Rob Smyth

  • BACK HOME . . . Adam Peaty with his medals and proud parents Mark and Caroline.

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AN East Staffordshire double gold medal-winning Commonwealth Games athlete says he hopes that his success has inspired others to follow in his footsteps.

Adam Peaty was beaming from ear to ear as he returned home for the first time since netting two gold medals and one silver for his efforts in the pool at the games in Glasgow.

The 19-year-old has been one of the leading lights at the sporting spectacular and has helped Team England top the medals table.

He told the Mail: "It is absolutely amazing. I can't put it into words how I feel about all the events .

"I have been away for three weeks so it is great to be back on English soil.

"I definitely think this has inspired others to start swimming.

"I have had a few tweets from young and old people saying they will now get back in the water. It's great that as well as being entertainment it is acting as an inspiration to other people.

"I have no plans for celebrations yet as I want to get back on the training ready for European championships."

The teenager from Uttoxeter took home the gold for the 100-metre race and the medley relay, as well as silver for the 50-metre distance.

He added: "I am not going to put any pressure on myself for the Olympics. I am just going to keep doing the work and training and hope I don't get an injury or ill, so I can just give it my best shot."

Dozens of people turned out to welcome Mr Peaty back home for the first time since his three appearances on the podium.

His mother, Caroline, said: "It is brilliant to have him back home and most of the neighbours and some family have come out to welcome him home.

"Adam is really tired and just wants to chill out."

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