Kitchen appliance manufacturer Whirlpool and service experts Domestic & General made it possible for the parents of Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty get to Rio to see their son smash his own world record to win the 100m breaststroke in 57.13 seconds and end Great Britain’s 28 year wait for a men’s Olympic swimming title
Last month the family’s Whirlpool washing machine required a repair and they called appliance care provider Domestic & General to get it fixed.
Typical small talk with the repair engineer turned to their children’s shared love of swimming, with Mark and Caroline Peaty haring their angst over whether or not they’d be able to travel to support their son in the biggest competition of his life.
Adam’s father, Mark said: “The engineer was a friendly chap and during conversation mentioned his daughter swam. Of course, being a proud dad, I told him about Adam and his journey. 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.”
The Whirlpool service engineer relayed the information to his employer, resulting in the manufacturer and Domestic & General joining forces to cover the costs of the Peaty’s tickets and accommodation.
On day two of the Games, Peaty smashed his own world record to win the 100m breaststroke in 57.13 seconds and ended Great Britain’s 28 year wait for a men’s Olympic swimming title.
Mum Caroline said: “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.”
A spokesperson for 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.
This couple has worked hard to support their son and have nurtured a champion. We’re delighted to have helped them make it to Rio to see their son win gold for Great Britain.”
Picture shows: Mark and Caroline Peaty, the parents of Adam who broke the world record for his 100m swim in Rio and won a gold medal too.