Adam Peaty withdraws from British Swimming Championships over mental health struggles
Adam Peaty has withdrawn from the British Swimming Championships because of mental health reasons.
The 28-year-old, who has won three Olympic gold medals, says he wants to ‘address the imbalance in my life’ and is ‘not enjoying the sport’.
Peaty will not compete in next month’s championships in Sheffield but is still training for next year’s Olympics in Paris.
‘Everyone wants to sit in your seat until they have to sit in your seat… very few people understand what winning and success does to an individual’s mental health. They don’t understand the pressures these individuals put on themselves to win over and over again,’ Peaty said in a statement on Wednesday.
‘As some people may know, I’ve struggled with my mental health over the last few years and I think it’s important to be honest about it.
‘I’m tired, I’m not myself and I’m not enjoying the sport as I have done for the last decade.
‘Some might recognise it as burnout; I just know that over the last few years I haven’t had the answers. With help, now I know how I can address the imbalance in my life.
‘Whilst I am continuing to train, I have decided to withdraw from the British Swimming Championships next month. This is with the sole purpose of delivering the best performance possible in Paris at the 2024 Olympic Games.
‘I’m hugely grateful for all the support I am receiving from my team and family at British Swimming along with my incredible sponsors, family and friends.
‘As always, I thank the swimming community and beyond for the incredible support I’ve forever received.
‘This sport has given me everything I am and I’m looking forward to finding the love I have for it again.’
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