AA jump-starts star swimmer

Diving in to assist Duncan Goodhew

Duncan Goodhew

The AA dived to the rescue recently when Olympian Duncan Goodhew's car was left on the starting blocks…for the second time in as many months.

The 56-year-old swimming legend, who is also an author and motivational speaker, now lives in London. When his car failed to start, he called the AA and north-west London patrol Bimal Shah was quickly on scene to check it over.

Charging in

Duncan Goodhew says: "Since we moved to London, the cars often get left sitting idle, so we've had a couple of flat batteries recently. Unfortunately, on this occasion, it turned out we'd left a phone charger plugged in, which had drained it.

"The service from the AA was excellent and Bimal was very thorough and professional, even though it was the second time he’s been out to us for the same issue."

The service from the AA was excellent and Bimal was very thorough and professional

Duncan Goodhew

Good sport

Bimal Shah says: "I remember watching Duncan on television when I was younger, so I recognised the name when he first called us out.

"I didn’t expect to see him again so soon but it's an easy mistake to make and Duncan was a good sport about it. Anything left plugged into the car's cigarette lighter can drain the battery, so it's a good idea to remove it when you switch off.

"Hopefully for Duncan's sake, it won't be three in a row!"

(01 May 2014)