Laureus Ambassador Nolli Waterman participates in rugby session at Special Olympics Nippon Tokyo in October 2019
Florida athlete Chris Nikic shattered stereotypes when he became the first person with Down’s syndrome to complete a full IRONMAN earlier this year.
The 21-year-old’s astonishing feat was the ultimate show of resolve and determination as he twice recovered from falling off his bike to conquer the gruelling 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile marathon run.
As well as landing him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, Nikic was also announced as a Special Olympics Champion Ambassador following his remarkable achievement.
“I am honoured to serve as a Special Olympics Champion Ambassador. My teammates and coaches at Special Olympics helped me get started with my training for IRONMAN and prove to the world that people with intellectual disabilities are capable of anything!” Nikic commented after his appointment.
“I am interested in everything that Laureus does, but I have to confess my real passion is for Special Olympics, the organisation which works with people with intellectual disabilities to create a world of inclusion, where every single person is accepted and welcomed.
Laureus Academy Member Nadia Comaneci inspires Special Olympics athletes in Shanghai in 2015
“I am always overwhelmed by the love and the passion of the children that I meet through Laureus and Special Olympics. Sport has totally changed their lives and given them so much more to live for. That’s what Laureus means to me and why I am so passionate about doing what I can to help.”