I don’t know about you, but I for one am delighted to see the stigma surrounding people with Down syndrome left well and truly in the past.
For countless decades, those living with the condition were looked down upon, or in the least thought of as being less than everyone else.
Of course, this is simply not true. Yes, people with Down syndrome have their differences, but who on earth isn’t different in their own way? It’s our uniqueness that make us interesting and special to one another. Besides, people with Down syndrome are steadily proving there is next to nothing they can’t do.
Chris Nikic certainly is, in any case, after becoming the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathalon.
Nick swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles to complete the event, which took place in Florida. And yes … you did read those distances right.
“The opportunities you have created for others around the world through this journey you embarked upon, is immeasurable. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your remarkable life story and we can’t wait to see what you achieve next,” the post read.
As per the BBC, Chris Nikic crossed the line in 16 hours 46 minutes nine seconds, less than 14 minutes under the official cut-off time at the Visit Panama City Beach.
“To Chris, this race was more than just a finish line and celebration of victory,” said his father, Nik Nikic.
“Ironman has served as his platform to become one step closer to his goal of living a life of inclusion, normalcy, and leadership. It’s about being an example to other kids and families that face similar barriers, proving no dream or goal is too high.
“If Chris can do an Ironman, he can do anything.”
Truly, what an amazing feat of strength and determination. Chris, we stand in awe of your achievement!
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