Down Syndrome athletics meeting September running
In all my 45 years of managing and streaming sport I have never encountered the humanness experienced at the Down Syndrome Athletics meeting held in Tshwane on 7 September - Apples Appleton
I saw what should be rigid, impartial officials transform into coaches, motivating and applauding the athletes as they grappled with the technique of shot put, discus and javelin.
Many of these athletes were first timers.
Down Syndrome athletics event September 2019
The track judges on the finish line treated the kids as if they were their own, encouraging them to cross the finish line and where needed, gave a hug of acknowledgment for them having gone beyond their limitations.
Young corner marshals could not help but provide words of encouragement to the athletes.
Spectators applauded the astonishing, sheer guts of some of the performances.
Down Syndrome athletics event long jump
Words cannot tell the story of these athletes in action, where just being a participant was a joyous occasion. What we witnessed was inspirational, generating an emotional response from all the spectators
This short highlights video provides a glimpse into a day of personal victories, spontaneous acknowledgment and everyone being a winner.
Please, if you wish to be truly inspired we invite you watch the full replay of the event on www.streamit360.tv.