Celebrating Success - Adam Kelsey Rowlands
Young British Talent
Adam Kelsey Rowlands joined St Dominic’s in September, having studied GCSE's at Salvatorian College, Wealdstone. It soon became clear that Adam was not only academically able but a huge sporting talent.
In 2018, Adam was selected to run in the 400 metre hurdles for England, at Grangemouth in Scotland. This was an international meet and only the best athletes from the UK competed. Adam achieved a silver medal finishing in second place. He described the experience as “unforgettable, meeting countless new people and making many new friends in the process”.
To compete at such a high level Adam first had to compete at the English Schools Championships, the fourth largest athletics event in the world. This was a huge challenge and a foretaste of what the future may hold for him competing on a global stage.
Success has not come easy, however. Adam works incredibly hard to balance a gruelling training schedule and A level study. Training does not just take place on the track - diet, sleep and mental preparation are also key. Adam’s 6-day a week training schedule requires major sacrifices. Even though the season is a short, only 4 months long in the summer months, training is non-stop. Even on snowy days there is no time to rest. Amazingly, Adam says “this does not put me off my dreams. I will always give 100% effort to be the best. No matter how hard it may seem now, it’ll be worth it in the end”!
Well done, Adam, and good luck. We will be watching your athletics career unfold with interest.