As the world’s top weightlifters take to the Olympic finals this week, a teenager with Down’s syndrome who wrote an emotional letter to Sport Wales during lockdown about missing his gym friends is setting his sights on the Special Olympics.
Bleddyn Gibbs, from Milford Haven, has now been powerlifting for over two years. The 16-year-old has Down’s syndrome, a genetic condition which approximately 40,000 people in the UK live with. The need for him to shield and ongoing lockdowns throughout the pandemic meant that Bleddyn was unable to attend his usual strength training gym.
In a letter written by Bleddyn to Sport Wales during lockdown, he said: “I am 16 years old. I go to Strength Academy Wales. The thing I am most looking forward to is training with my friends. I want to be very strong like The Rock again by doing bench press, clean and jerk, hanging knee raises and doing the multi-gym. I have missed my friends so much, I can’t wait to see them.”