An Olympic swimmer has congratulated a 16-year-old air cadet on his amazing recovery after a serious accident.
Adam Peaty sent good wishes and a signed swimming cap to air cadet Toby Caisley on overcoming his injuries.
Peaty, the 24-year-old breaststroke world record holder, made the presentation to a very surprised and speechless Toby at the dining-in night of 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron Air Training Corps.
With his swimming flare and ability, Toby found himself winning backstroke gold at the RAF Air Cadets’ National Swimming Championships, held at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire.
Toby won with a personal best before taking bronze in the freestyle and silver in the relay and finishing fourth in the individual medley.
Toby said: “It was a massive surprise to meet Adam Peaty and I was thinking, how am I getting this?”
In preparation for the event during a swimming training session, Toby received a serious head injury and was rushed to Newcastle’s RVI hospital, suffering from severe concussion and memory loss.
Toby was cared for in the major trauma ward for a couple of days and made a strong physical recovery. His memory loss, which included forgetting who his parents were, took longer to mend. However, he was itching to get back in to the pool!
Toby said: “I just want to say thank you to Adam for his kindness and I’m really thankful for the support from the air cadets, it’s helped me whilst at cadets but also outside of the squadron.”
Longbenton Squadron Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said: “We are all tremendously proud of Toby and his achievements. Throughout his recent trauma he has maintained his strong sense of humour, ambition and courage and I’m sure this will see him continue to achieve as he grows into adulthood.”
To see Toby receive his gift visit: https://vimeo.com/380902164
Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members in Year 8 and above. If you’re up for a challenge then visit squadron at www.2344.org.uk.