No Limitations! When Caleb was born with Down syndrome 15 many years ago, we made the decision to raise him like a neuro-typical child as significantly as attainable, which meant hoping new sporting activities and things to do much too.
We in no way dreamed he’d turn into a triathlete, but below we are.
Just about two many years in the past, we enrolled him in a bicycle camp.
It took a ton of do the job, sweat and a lot more do the job, but he turned an independent bicycle-rider! We were thrilled, but then we challenged him to entire the Sofa-to-5K operating method supplied by way of our regional Special Olympics.
Once again, it was a good deal of operate, and extra sweat, but he concluded his very first 5K race in the drop of 2020. Then some thing big happened. Exclusive Olympics opened up their Triathlon program to the whole point out of Florida. We made the decision to “give it a tri”. Which is when the true function commenced!
Given that January 2021, Caleb has been teaching tough 6 times a 7 days. Swimming, biking, managing, lifting weights, rowing…working to go after his purpose of finishing a full-dash triathlon 400-meter swim/10.5 mile bicycle/5K operate.
In July 2021, that desire arrived accurate, and Caleb became the youngest human being with Down syndrome (at age 14) to full a total-sprint tri. Because then, he’s gone on to total 6 much more, and has his eyes set on an Olympic Length tri in the coming 12 months.
He competed at the Special Olympics United states of america Game titles and will be competing later on this summer at the United states Triathlon Youth & Junior Nationals, along with Age Group Nationals. Caleb is also the youngest ambassador for the United states Triathlon Foundation – his system is to inspire youth of ALL capabilities to go after exercise and balanced dwelling aims (and check out triathlon!)
We are so quite proud of Caleb. Not only has he proved time and time once again his dedication to this sport, but we enjoy the fact that he’s a function model for other younger men and women. Individuals with Down syndrome, or any differing means, can certainly reside a healthy life style. Exercising, feeding on appropriate and having a positive angle can assistance not only bodily, but mentally and emotionally much too.
Caleb has a bright foreseeable future forward of him and we are ready to assistance him in all his desires and ambitions. The sky’s the limit! Stick to his journey on his social media: Calebs Crew (FB/IG)