Tuesday, November 22, 2011
GREAT Britain’s fastest swimmer Adam Brown is back training at the Herts Sports Village in Hatfield ahead of the London 2012 Olympic trials in March.
For over two years Brown has been combining academic studies with swimming at Auburn University in America, however the 22-year-old has decided to fully focus his attentions on making the Great British team for his home games and put the studying to one side.
Speaking exclusively to the WHT, at the Herts Sports Village, the 2008 Beijing Olympian said: “My time in America was great, I had one of the best sprint coaches in the world [Brett Hawke] and some of the quickest training partners in the world.
“I enjoyed the swimming part, but I wasn’t too keen on the University part which is one of my main decisions for coming back.
“Financially I couldn’t stay out there without being on a University Scholarship, apart from that I had a really good time out there, made some really good friends and enjoyed swimming.
“I just wasn’t happy with how things were going with school and swimming combined.
“With a year to go until the Olympics it was the right time to stop the school and focus on the Olympics.”
Brown returned to the UK at the end of October and has been busy in the gym and pool at the Herts Sports Village.
“I’m full-time now, definitely for this year and getting focused for the Olympics and then I’ll probably will go back to University after the Olympics for a couple of years,” he said.
Brown is being coached by Hatfield Swimming Club’s Nick Juba, who he has been working with for the past 12 years.
“The main thing is I am coached by a coach I can trust,” he said.
“I have worked with Nick in the past and I felt like here [in Hatfield] I can have more input into my programme, whereas at a British Swimming base I would not have that much say.
“Coming back to Hatfield I want to incorporate everything that I have learned in America and bring that back into this programme.
“We have made some changes, but it will be for the best.
“I have worked with Nick in the past and he knows me well and what I need to do in the pool to succeed, I know what I need to be doing so the partnership with Nick is going to be the key.
“Sometimes I need to be doing more than I would like to be doing and that is why I have Nick here to push me to the next level.”
While Brown is happy to be back in Herts, the Hatfield club are delighted to have the GB international back training on a day-today basis with them.
Nick Juba said: “It’s exciting for us [Hatfield Swimming Club], it is likely by the time of the trials he will be the fastest British human being in water!”
The coach recalled when he first met Brown: “Adam came to the club when he was 10 or 11-years-old as a gangly distance swimmer and we have gradually brought him down to be a sprint swimmer.
“It has been interesting to see him develop onto the world stage.
“He comes across as quiet and unassuming, but he’s single minded and ambitious, he knows what he wants.”
And at the moment that is to focus on the Olympic trials and then hopefully compete at London 2012.
“I have to get through the trials first, then I have goals in the back of the mind, but the trials will be key,” he said.
“I’ll pretty much need to do a best time in the 50m and the 100m free just to make the team so all my focus will be on the trials to make the Olympics.”
The trials and then the London 2012 swimming events will take place at the newly built Aquatic Centre at the Olympic Park.
Brown has been to visit the centre, of which he said: “It’s a fantastic place and will be amazing when the crowd are in there, they will be really, really loud and being there at the home Olympics will be amazing.”
For now Brown will concentrate on his six-day a week training schedule, and depending on his session, will have a smile on his face.
He added: “They say a happy swimmer is a fast swimmer and I’m happy so hopefully I’m going to be fast.”