He made fans ecstatic when he scored Team GB's first gold at the Rio Olympics, but no one could be prouder than Adam Peaty's grandmother Mavis Williams
He made fans ecstatic when he scored Team GB's first gold at the Rio Olympics, but no one could be prouder than Adam Peaty's grandmother Mavis Williams. The 74-year-old watched her grandson's progress on the telly back home in Sheffield and live tweeted the swimmer's triumph.
"My Grandson has done it," Mavis posted in the early hours of Monday morning.
She followed it up with another tweet, writing: "Well you have done it @adam_peaty you have made it, your hard work paid off. Congratulations to you and @massivemel. So proud love Nan x."
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Mavis Williams followed her grandson Adam Peaty's progress from her home in Sheffield
Despite only joining the social media channel in April, Mavis has already pulled in more than 5,400 followers. She won the love of the nation following her proud tweets, and became a trending topic with the hashtag "#OlympicNan" going viral.
She also changed her Twitter profile description to read: "Proud Nan to a World Champion Breaststroker."
Adam joked about his grandmother's soaring popularity, saying: "It took me so long to get 3,000 followers on Twitter and she got it overnight. She's never doubted me, and that means so much to me."
The 21-year-old swimmer secured Team GB's first gold medal at Rio
The Olympic champion secured Team GB's first gold medal when he finished the men's 100m breaststroke in 57.13 seconds, well clear of the field and breaking his own personal record. The 21-year-old from Uttoxeter, Staffordshire is also the first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal since Adrian Moorhouse, who won the same event in Seoul in 1988.
"It's so surreal to get Team GB's first gold," said Adam. "I came out tonight and took the first 50 easy and came back with everything I have got. I did it for my country and that means so much for me."
Speaking to Sky News following her grandson's win, Mavis revealed: "As a child he was scared of water. His mother would put him in the bath and he'd come straight out again.
"One week a friend took him swimming, and I don't know what happened but after that he started going regularly and he hasn't been out of it since."
"I absolutely enjoyed it last night," she added. "I'm tired, excited, and I'll be glad when he comes home now."