Adam Peaty: ‘He’s a warrior, a gladiator’

Adam Peaty: ‘He’s a warrior, a gladiator’

8th August 2016

Here at DFS we are so proud to be sponsoring Adam – he doesn’t just break world records, he smashes them! His fear of water is nowhere to be seen as his first Olympic appearance is one to go down in history. Adam is the first British man to win Olympic swimming gold since Adrian Moorhouse in 1988.


Last year he beat the World Breaststroke Record by a massive 0.54 seconds, the biggest margin for 42 years. Since then he has been knocking out the fast times and now has six of the ten quickest times in history. He began the Games as the world record holder with a time of 57.92 and has lowered it by 0.79, having also set a mark of 57.55 in his opening heat.

‘The pool is his arena,’ says his trainer Mel Marshall. ‘He comes alive in the competitive arena. He’s a warrior, he’s a gladiator. The bigger the arena, the bigger the fight, the stronger he stands.’ Mel knows what she is talking about, having won six medals herself at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Now she guides his training at the team’s Derby base.



We aren't the only ones that our proud of Adam - his family keep him on track and pushing him through the toughest times. His number one fan Nan Mavis loves to wash his Team GB kit and we know she cannot wait to watch him bring home the GOLD and congratulate him! #OlympicNan

We joined Adam for a day and you can see how he trains, and the family that’s backing him all the way, here:

Five facts about Adam:

  • Adam has been nominated twice as BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.
  • When swimming 50m breaststroke, Adam glides for 40% of the time.
  • If he weren’t a swimmer, Adam says that he would join the Navy or Army.
  • When training he gets up at 4.00am, swims from 5.00-7.00am and then visits the gym until 8.30am with further fitness sessions later in the day.
  • Adam was the first male swimmer to win three gold medals at the 2015 World Championships.

And a new one to add to the list:

  • Wins the first gold medal for Team GB in the Rio 2016 Olympics and smashed his own world records out of the water! (pun intended)



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Get your sofa ready for Rio

Get your sofa ready for Rio

13th July 2016

It's less than one month until the biggest festival of sports kicks off again in Brazil. We all remember enjoying those fantastic moments from London 2012, and we're all hoping for similar highs to celebrate this time around. In addition, these big sporting moments are the perfect opportunity to bring friends and family together, to experience the action in one place, sharing all the emotions. 

For most of us, that one place is going to be our living room. If you're looking at your living room right now and thinking 'How am I going to host a big group of people here?', DON'T WORRY. We've got you covered, with five top tips to get ready, get set and go when the action kicks off on August 5th. 

Sport and fun

1. Make sure you've got enough seats: pretty much the biggest factor. How many people are coming? How many can you squeeze on the sofa? What other chairs or objects can you make use of? Think bean bags, think cushions, think garden furniture, think footstools. If you need anything extra, check out our range of fast delivery products here. One of our favorites is the Zinc from our exclusive French Connection collection.

zinc express sofa

2. Make sure everyone is comfy: time to take a look at your team. Who is going to sit where? Who has special requirements? Who won't mind squeezing in and cuddling up? You want everyone in their right place. Those marginal gains helped Team GB in 2012, and they'll help you this year 

3. Test out the angles and perspectives: success in sports is all about practice. It's no good getting your seats sorted and getting everyone comfy if they can't see the TV and end up missing Adam Peaty crushing it in the pool. Get the team over for a warm up, try out different layouts, think about height differentials. Leave no stone unturned in your quest for sporting perfection


4. Analyse the most efficient routes to refuel: if you're packing people in, make sure your supply lines stay clear - and make sure you've got someone up to the job of keeping your team refueled. We don't want to see anyone nodding off as Laura Trott comes round the bend and into the final straight 

5. Make sure your re-hydration stations are well distributed and can be replenished: as with any high performance athlete, keeping properly hydrated while involved in sports is paramount. Even if you're only watching on the TV. Spread the drinks around, get those coasters laid out, and make sure the team's fluids point person is well trained and on it. Practice those tea rounds in advance if possible

Why not try a bar tray for your all party needs. We love this one from Honestly Yum!

Why not try a bar tray for your all party needs. We love this one from Honestly Yum!

There you go. Our ultimate guide to getting your sofa (and living room) up to scratch to enjoy the best of Brazil this summer. And of course, we're on hand to provide design inspiration throughout August if you need to freshen up your approach before the summer's out. 

Now's your chance to win £50 dwell vouchers with #GameOn - tweet us a picture to @dfs your of best 'sofa celebration' and include #GameOn. T&Cs:

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