Uber driver gets to see his son compete at Rio thanks to friendly passenger

The American qualified in the shot put event but there was little or no chance of his father being able to travel to go and cheer him on

Uber driver gets to see his son compete at Rio thanks to friendly passenger

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Darell Hill's son qualified for the Olympics in the shot put event, but the retired bus driver never thought he would get the chance to see his son compete.

That was until he met Liz Willock, who works for a concierge service that facilitates travel for clients that need clinical trials and she asked what he would do if she said she could get him to Rio.

"When I told her about my son she was really amazed, but when she asked me if I was going over there to watch him, I said I really couldn't afford it," Hill said about the chance meeting.

"It was devastating to hear that," Willock said. "Here's this wonderful man who has a close relationship with his son and I know any parent would want to see their son or daughter compete at the Olympics, but it was very understandable how that could be out of reach."

Once they had exchanged details and Wilcock set up the page to help fund the trip, the target was met within a week, and Hill was on his way to Rio.

"I haven't seen my son in a couple months because he's been training," Hill added. "I cant wait to see him and encourage him in person and let him know I'm 100 per cent in his corner."

His son then tweeted his thanks to all of those who contributed.