As Team GB hero Adam Peaty declares a mental health hiatus, he takes aim at the response.
The British swimmer is taking a break from competition to spend more time with his young family.
Following his victory at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Adam Peaty has responded to his detractors by saying that he will take a long vacation from swimming. At the Olympics, Peaty earned two golds and a silver medal, helping Team GB set a new record of eight gold medals, surpassing their previous high of seven from the 1908 Games.
Peaty was the star of Team GB’s spectacular performance, with Duncan Scott, who won a record four medals in a single Games.
The 26-year-old retained her gold medal in the 100m breaststroke and also won gold in the mixed 4x100m medley relay and silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay.
Peaty, who returns to the United Kingdom on Monday, has decided not to compete in the International Swimming League, which begins in September.
Instead, he’ll take a well-earned break before the 2022 World and European Championships, as well as the Commonwealth Games.
Mental health in sports has recently become a hot topic, with US gymnast Simone Biles and England cricketer Ben Stokes both speaking out about the challenges of competitive sport.
Peaty, on the other hand, believes that more effort has to be done in understanding the obstacles and pressures that athletes face.
He stated on Twitter, “Reading some of the comments in response to this is why we have such a stigma around mental wellbeing in athletics.”
“This isn’t your typical job. There is a great deal of stress. Happiness is not something that can be purchased with money.
“I’m taking a break because for as long as I can remember, I’ve been working really hard. For the past seven years, I’ve taken an average of two weeks off per year.
“Unfortunately, some people believe they know you better than you know yourself.”
Peaty and his fiancée Eiri recently welcomed their first child, and he plans to take a sabbatical to spend more time with his young family.
“It’s been extremely, very exhausting for everyone, for every sport out there,” he added on Sunday.
“But I suppose [what’s next] is celebrating and taking a forced rest, which my coach Mel Marshall and I refer to as not being able to touch the water for a month.
“Over the next three years, it will be a war of attrition.”Brinkwire Summary News”.