No Limitations! When Caleb was born with Down syndrome 15 a long time back, we determined to elevate him like a neuro-normal youngster as considerably as attainable, which meant seeking new sports and actions too.
We in no way dreamed he’d become a triathlete, but right here we are.
Just about two decades in the past, we enrolled him in a bicycle camp.
It took a lot of perform, sweat and far more perform, but he grew to become an unbiased bike-rider! We were being thrilled, but then we challenged him to complete the Couch-to-5K working plan available by means of our regional Exclusive Olympics.
All over again, it was a ton of function, and far more sweat, but he completed his very first 5K race in the fall of 2020. Then something large transpired. Specific Olympics opened up their Triathlon software to the overall point out of Florida. We resolved to “give it a tri”. That’s when the actual function began!
Considering the fact that January 2021, Caleb has been training difficult 6 times a week. Swimming, biking, jogging, lifting weights, rowing…working to pursue his intention of finishing a whole-dash triathlon 400-meter swim/10.5 mile bike/5K operate.
In July 2021, that dream came correct, and Caleb became the youngest human being with Down syndrome (at age 14) to complete a total-sprint tri. Due to the fact then, he’s gone on to complete 6 a lot more, and has his eyes established on an Olympic Length tri in the coming yr.
He competed at the Special Olympics Usa Video games and will be competing afterwards this summer season at the United states of america Triathlon Youth & Junior Nationals, alongside with Age Group Nationals. Caleb is also the youngest ambassador for the Usa Triathlon Foundation – his platform is to really encourage youth of ALL capabilities to go after conditioning and nutritious living aims (and test triathlon!)
We are so extremely proud of Caleb. Not only has he proved time and time yet again his determination to this sport, but we appreciate the fact that he’s a function model for other young men and women. Folks with Down syndrome, or any differing means, can surely reside a nutritious life-style. Workout, feeding on proper and getting a positive perspective can assist not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too.
Caleb has a brilliant upcoming in advance of him and we are ready to support him in all his dreams and targets. The sky’s the limit! Abide by his journey on his social media: Calebs Crew (FB/IG)
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