This past weekend has seen history being made. In one of the most awe inspiring ways imaginable. Chris Nikic may be a name unfamiliar to you, but he is now my sporting hero!

Chris Nikic

Chris is a 21 year old from Florida. He has just made history by becoming the first person with Down’s syndrome to complete an Ironman. This consists of swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running a full marathon (26.2 miles). Each competitor has 17 hours to finish this race and become an Ironman. Chris finished in 16 hours, 46 minutes and 9 seconds, which really is an outstanding achievement.

Chris Nikic Overcoming the Odds

I would like to highlight the fact that Chris has had to overcome long odd’s to make his dream come true and make history in the process. His personal story just goes to show that Henry Ford was right all those years ago, when he said: “If you think you can do a thing or think you cant do a thing, you are right” To sum this up, basically whatever your mindset is, be it positive or negative that will be the final outcome.

In a world where you can be anything, be the best that you can be. Also please don’t pre-judge people when you see the word disability, by instantly seeing it as a disadvantage, instead see it as an ability to overcome obstacles, prove people wrong and inspire people all at the same time.

This is what Chris Nikic did on Sunday 8th November 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to him, for inspiring millions of people across the world.  ‘Chris Nikic, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!

I will leave you with a positive quote regarding disability. ‘There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more.”