Low in numbers, but high in success rate; welcome home Team GB


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Great Britain, the first nation in the World to have out performed their success straight after a home Olympic Games, were welcomed home today by a rapturous crowd and thousands of adoring fans.  Landing at Heathrow airport at 9am, the team spent time signing autographs and posing for selfies before a number of team members headed off to their first official press conference.  The FCN were invited to attend the Press Conference to join in with the celebrations and meet some of the team who have created British sporting history.



The Press Conference was lead by Sir Hugh Robertson (British Olympic Association, Vice-Chairman), Bill Sweeney (British Olympic Association, CEO), Mark England (Team GB, Chef de Mission), Adam Peaty (Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist – 100m breaststroke and 4x100m medley), Katherine Grainger (Olympic Silver Medallist – double sculls), Dina Asher-Smith (Olympic Bronze Medallist – 4x100m relay).

Sadly, there were very low numbers of female coaches within the British team as a whole (official stats and figures will be released exclusively by the FCN in a few weeks time), but the one saving grace was the success of Adam Peaty, who has been coached by Mel Marshall since he was a teenager.  The World Record breaking athlete, was sat at the head of the table addressing the nations media and sharing his thoughts on his moments achievement.
Mel, Britains most decorated Commonwealth Games female athlete and two time Olympian, has worked tirelessly with Adam to achieve a feat which escaped her on her own two Olympic attempts back in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.  All the hard work eventually paid off when on the 8th August 2016,  Adam swam a lifetime best and World Record time of  57.13s in the 100m Breaststroke to become the first male swimmer since 1988 to win Gold at an Olympic Games.
“Mel and I have a unique relationship. Seven years ago when I couldn’t drive, she’d drop me off at college after swimming and go through an hour of traffic just to get me there. Our bond was formed through those journeys.  So sometimes we just talk about rubbish and then at other times we have a good chat about where we’re heading. She embedded an idea in me where I could believe in myself and would perform. I think those chats have been very beneficial to us. And once it’s game time we’re a very professional and very efficient team.”
Adam Peaty
 Mel Marshall


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