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Strictly Come Dancing’s Adam Peaty believes he’s on autism spectrum

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Adam has opened up in a new book (Picture: BBC)

Adam Peaty, who recently jived off the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor alongside pro partner Katya Jones, has opened up on his belief he is on the autism spectrum but has not been diagnosed.

The champion has penned The Gladiator Mindset, which is released on Thursday, in which he shares ‘everything he’s learned about being a professional athlete and pushing himself to the extreme’.

In it, the Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer, 26, has revealed he started wondering whether he was on the spectrum after comparing himself to an autistic friend, and reflected on how it influenced his drive.

In an extract obtained by the Mirror, Adam wrote: ‘One of my friends has got autism and we’re like, “Oh we’re very similar”, and I’m very single-minded on a task as well.’

The 26-year-old added: ‘I haven’t been diagnosed but for certain I’m somewhere on the spectrum, as my mind is better able to focus when I’m moving or exercising.’

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions that affect how people communicate and interact with the world, the National Autistic Society explains.

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The champion swimmer, who starred on Strictly, shared his drive and ambition (Picture: BBC)

Autistic people may face difficulties with things such as social interaction, anxiety, or over-or under-sensitivity.

It’s believed one in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, with more than 700,000 autistic adults and children living in the United Kingdom.

Speaking of how he believes where he gets his drive from, Adam went on: ‘Adversity is the fire in which the blade of ambition is forged, so rather than leave home I decided to stay and keep myself to myself.

‘As a kid I was well aware of social class, but also that families were not equal or linear within the class. I wanted my mum to drive a nice car, my parents to earn more money, I wanted to say that we had been somewhere exotic for our summer holidays rather than Wales.’

It comes after the world record swimmer and Strictly partner Katya became the sixth act to bow out of the BBC show on Sunday night after landing at the bottom of the leaderboard and failing to gain points with the public vote.

The couple found themselves in the bottom two with Tilly Ramsay and her partner Nikita Kuzmin, with judge Crag Revel Horwood even admitting it wasn’t the outcome he was hoping for and Shirley Ballas confirming she would have saved the athlete.

Adam later sent a message out to viewers, criticising his detractors, as he wrote: ‘What an experience @bbcstrictly has been.

‘I’m so grateful for my time on this show, from the highs of performing in front of millions and the extreme challenge of learning a new routine within 3 days every week, it’s been incredible.’

The swimmer continued: ‘I didn’t know how much it meant to me until I got a bit emotional after my dance off; however, I don’t think it was the dancing that pushed me over the edge, but the two years of the constant challenge with myself combined with the energy to win the Olympics and becoming a father at the same time. My emotions are one of my strongest attributes and I’m not ashamed to show that I’m human.

‘It’s crazy to me because I thought I was “ok” but I am not. We all have to wear a piece of armour to get the job done and it wasn’t until this week that I knew I could let it go. I’m still healing from the trials and tribulations that elite sporting athletes go through but with that I’m also adapting and learning from life.

‘Thank you Katya for being there every single day, you are incredible. I don’t have enough positive words for you and what an amazing person and dancer you are. Thank you to everyone behind the scenes, you are brilliant. I’m so grateful for everyone who has made this experience so amazing. @tillyramsay you were incredible and I’m so glad you get to show how much of an amazing dancer you are again next week!’

He added: ‘For the people who tried to bring us down throughout the show, please challenge yourself to be better. The world needs much more positivity and truth.’


Credit: Original article published here.

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