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:

We mentioned we were hoping to go to Rio to support Adam if he qualified, but had been trying to get hold of tickets since December and costs were through the roof.

Mark Peaty

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:

I’m so very proud of our son. We knew what he was capable of, but the world record - in addition to the gold medal - is something else. We’re thrilled the hard work has paid off and he’s fulfilled his lifelong dream. Watching him compete, I think I was more nervous than him but it was incredible to be there and soak up the atmosphere. Hopefully this is the first of many gold medals for Great Britain.

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

A spokesperson from Domestic & General said:

When we heard about the Peaty’s struggles getting to Rio, we were keen to help. We pride ourselves on taking the worry out of breakdowns but in this case, as well as resolving the appliance issue, we were able to go one step further.

Spokesperson, Domestic & General