In August 2002, at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Adam made a dramatic return to International swimming by winning the men’s 100m breaststroke and taking a further two silver medals, making him the most successful male swimmer at the games. 

Twelve months previously Adam had virtually quit the sport following a dramatic failure at the Sydney Olympics, where he crashed out in 21st place.  After suffering back and knee injuries and a bout of depression, the turnaround was remarkable.  He puts it all down to a mental strength and a tenacious will to succeed.  Adam spent ten years at the top of his sport both domestically and on the world stage.

Giving Back

Adam is passionate about “giving back” to others and has volunteered his time to work with some of the most vulnerable young people in the country.  He has been involved with the Trust for the last ten years and has dedicated his post sport life to delivering and writing programmes that have reached over 300,000 young people.

Competitive Record


Commonwealth Games

Gold 100m breaststroke (a new Commonwealth Games record)

Silver 50m breaststroke

Silver Medley relay


Voted Swimming Times Male Swimmer of the Year, 2002



World Student Games

Bronze 50m breaststroke



World Championships

4th 200m breaststroke

Olympic Games qualifier

21st 100 breaststroke

23rd 200 breaststroke



European Short Course

Bronze 200m breaststroke



Commonwealth Games

Bronze 200m breaststroke.


European Short Course

Gold 200m breaststroke


1997 & 98

European Junior

Two Silver 200m breaststroke

Two bronze 100m and the 4 x 100 medley relay


Highest World Ranking, number 1 in 1998 (200m Breaststroke, S.C)

16 Open British Championships