Parents of Olympic medalist Adam Peaty fly to Rio after washing machine breaks down

Adam's parents, Mark and Caroline Peaty. Credit: Cartwright Communications

The parents of Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty made it to Rio thanks to a repair on their washing machine.

Disabled caretaker Mark Peaty, 56, and nursery manager wife Caroline, 50, live in Uttoxeter, along with their son, 21-year-old Adam. Their washing machine needed a repair and talk with the repair man turned to swimming.

Adam's parents shared their struggle in securing tickets to watch their son compete in the Rio Olympics.

Adam’s father, Mark Peaty said:

The Whirlpool service engineer told his employer of their issue, resulting in the manufacturer and Domestic & General in Nottingham, pairing up to cover the costs of the Peaty's tickets and accommodation.

Adam's Mum is proud of her son who won Great Britain's first medal in the Rio Olympics, a gold in the 100m breaststroke, with a world record time:

Adam's love of swimming began in Primary school. Credit: PA

A spokesperson from Domestic & General said: