Since then, he has set and achieved ever more impressive goals. He is an author and public speaker, and in 2023 set out to complete the six World Marathon Majors: Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York and Tokyo. In March 2024, he is scheduled to complete that remarkable feat in Japan.
Nikic is also a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics and his new role with Laureus continues an extraordinary partnership between those two organisations which began at the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, when the Special Olympics was the recipient of the first Laureus Sport for Good Award. As recently as last year, Laureus were the charity partner of the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin.
"Like Chris, I am a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics, an organisation that has been close to my heart for three decades. Like so many people all over the world, I have been inspired by his story.
"The ‘1% Better’ philosophy is a perfect example of the kind of change that everyone in Laureus believes in. Chris is an agent of inclusion and I know that, as a Laureus Ambassador, he will continue to change the world through the power of sport.”
"As marathon runners we embody the idea that anything is possible and Chris takes that message to another level. I want to wish him all the best as he prepares for the Tokyo Marathon and I look forward to seeing him there.”
"I want to thank Laureus for seeing me as someone who can represent them in the amazing work they do all over the world. Laureus Sport for Good is all about changing the world through sport and that's exactly what I'm trying to do."
“Everything I do is about raising awareness and understanding of Down Syndrome and other intellectual disabilities and the goal is always inclusion.”
“The fact that Laureus is recognising it speaks to the idea that the world can change. All of us can change, all of us. So the world of sport is changing. Laureus is leading the change. Chris Nikic is an extraordinary example of athletic achievement. His achievement points to the extraordinary capacity of every Special Olympics athlete to impress and move the world, that's where we want to get to, and we're grateful that Laureus is going to help us get there.”