Hi! I’m Adam and I have been selected to represent team GB in the 2019 Special Olympic games in Abu Dhabi! To be representing my country in track and field is a dream come true and something I have been working towards for the past 10 years. (That’s a lot of training sessions, a lot of pain and a lot of ice baths!)
Adam was born with a rare genetic disorder called Williams Syndrome. The condition is characterized by mild to moderate learning disability, and heart and blood vessel problems. Adam has a narrowing of the aortic valve in his heart which made everyday life challenging growing up. When Adam was younger, he was told by doctors he would not be likely to live an active life because of the severity of his heart condition, yet here we are! At age 14, he was encouraged by his teachers at The Ashley School in Lowestoft, Suffolk, to pursue athletics and it wasn’t long before he was competing across the country, as well as overseas for team England and team GB, as well as representing The Eastern region regularly.
Athletics is now a major part of Adams life and he trains extensively everyday for his sport. Adam has overcome multiple challenges to get to this point, and he will soon be flying 8 hours (and flying on a plane for the very first time!) with the union jack worn proudly on his chest.
About the Special Olympics world summer games:
Similar to the Olympics, this is the pinnacle for athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability to compete and achieve on the world stage. Unlike the olympics however, any qualifying athletes are required to fund the trip through their own means. Adam will be competing in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay. He has competed in numerous Special Olympics and able bodied competitions across the east region and midlands over the past few years. His qualification for SOGB selection was achieved through medal winning performances while representing the Eastern Region at the 2017 SOGB National Summer Games in Sheffield. At the Games he won gold in the 100m and bronze in both the 200m and long jump. He was also a member of the x 100m relay team which won bronze.
Why we need donations
Firstly, any amount given will help me reach my goal, and any support will be greatly appreciated! A little really can go a long way. Donations will go towards kit, accomodation, and travel expenses including physically getting to Adu Dhabi and squad training days held across the UK in the lead up to the games.