Adam Whitehead has put the city firmly on the swimming map after scooping an incredible
hat-trick of victories at the national championships.
The 19-year-old from Bulkington stunned Sheffield when he took the 50, 100 and 200
metre breaststroke finals on the last day of the event.
And coach Nick Selwood, who has worked with the youngster for the past eight years,
believes the achievement is remarkable.
"This is only the second time the breaststroke treble has ever been done and the
previous one was in a very weak field, which was certainly not the case on this occasion.
"One of the swimmers Adam beat was actually the British record holder and won a
bronze medal at last years Commonwealth Games so the field was very strong."
And Selwood now believes that Whiteheads ambition must be to take the highest
accolade an athlete can achieve.
"Our aim for Adam now must be for him to take Olympic gold. He is definitely good
enough and he has put himself in the frame to do just that.
"I have always said that if a swimmer is in the worlds top 10 a year before
the Olympics they have a chance. Adam was in the top 10 two years ago when he was just
"I have worked with other swimmers such as Nick Gillingham and I know what it
takes to succeed, which is talent self-discipline and motivation."
Before the Olympics Whitehead will travel to Istanbul to compete in the European
Championships and Selwood admits that will be a stern test.
"The standard of breaststroke in Europe in very high and there will be some very
talented swimmers competing.
"We plan for Adam to compete in every breaststroke event there and even if his is
beaten it will still act as a very useful learning process."