No Limits! When Caleb was born with Down syndrome 15 a long time ago, we resolved to elevate him like a neuro-standard kid as substantially as doable, which intended hoping new sports activities and functions far too.
We hardly ever dreamed he’d develop into a triathlete, but below we are.
Just about two many years in the past, we enrolled him in a bike camp.
It took a good deal of function, sweat and extra do the job, but he turned an impartial bike-rider! We had been thrilled, but then we challenged him to comprehensive the Couch-to-5K jogging plan presented as a result of our regional Distinctive Olympics.
Once more, it was a whole lot of work, and a lot more sweat, but he finished his very first 5K race in the slide of 2020. Then a little something major happened. Unique Olympics opened up their Triathlon application to the complete state of Florida. We determined to “give it a tri”. That is when the serious perform commenced!
Due to the fact January 2021, Caleb has been education tough 6 days a week. Swimming, biking, managing, lifting weights, rowing…working to pursue his intention of ending a whole-dash triathlon 400-meter swim/10.5 mile bicycle/5K run.
In July 2021, that dream arrived true, and Caleb became the youngest human being with Down syndrome (at age 14) to entire a complete-dash tri. Since then, he’s long gone on to full 6 additional, and has his eyes established on an Olympic Distance tri in the coming 12 months.
He competed at the Specific Olympics United states Games and will be competing later this summer at the United states Triathlon Youth & Junior Nationals, together with Age Team Nationals. Caleb is also the youngest ambassador for the United states of america Triathlon Basis – his platform is to inspire youth of ALL abilities to pursue exercise and wholesome living goals (and check out triathlon!)
We are so really happy of Caleb. Not only has he proved time and time once again his motivation to this activity, but we enjoy the simple fact that he’s a function model for other young people. Folks with Down syndrome, or any differing ability, can surely stay a healthy lifestyle. Exercising, eating correct and having a optimistic mindset can aid not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
Caleb has a bright foreseeable future forward of him and we are ready to support him in all his dreams and plans. The sky’s the restrict! Follow his journey on his social media: Calebs Crew (FB/IG)