UTTOXETER'S Olympic swimming star Adam Peaty is counting down the days to becoming a father for the first time next month.
Adam met his partner Eirianedd Munro only last November and after quickly bonding they are both looking forward to family life.
The 25-year-old said: "Everyone's thinking it was an accident but that's not the case. It's one of the most beautiful things you can do together and we've already sorted the nursery!"
Adam has never shied away from a challenge and fatherhood will be new learning curve for the former Cheadle Painsley Catholic College student.
He will shortly be able to add nappy changing to his indomitable swimming skills that have led to Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles - as well as a six-year unbeaten record in the 100m breaststroke event.
The couple's new-born will be of mixed-race, as Eirianedd (Eiria) is of Nigerian descent, which is something that makes Adam feel very proud.
He is a staunch supporter of multi-racial competition in all sport.
Adam said: "Swimming is a very white-based sport because culturally we don't really reach out to those communities to get them involved."
"I want to start to create that positive environment for people where no matter what race, what age or background they can be part of it."
Adam admits becoming a father around nine months before the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games will be challenging, but adds it will be a something he is relishing.
"There'll be sleepless nights, but I've grown up so much since Rio 2016 when I was really just a boy, and this is another maturity phase for me," he said.
"I think [fatherhood] will make me stronger and it'll be amazing to stand on those blocks at the Olympics knowing every time I race have [my son and family] behind me."
Marathon swimmer Alice Dearing is the only black swimmer who is part of Britain's elite programme and Adam, whose son will have a Nigerian grandparent, believes the sport needs a culture change.
He said: "My friend Michael Gunning used to swim for Great Britain and now represents Jamaica and because he's black, when people see him out and about they always assume he's a runner - that shouldn't be the case.
"We have to identify a way to reach out to more communities, attract the nine-to-12-year-olds and give them the opportunity to progress".
"Then it'll be a level playing field for everyone and it'll really be down to who's the fastest will make it."