July was an amazing month of sport, and we have so much to look forward to in the weeks ahead.
To kick off August with some feel-good vibes, we have our latest addition to the Global Spectrum series, which brings together our favourite stories from the world of autism and sport from the last 31 days.
The USA version of Big Brother started in July with 16 members of the public, including Britini D’Angelo. The 24-year-old pre-school teacher was diagnosed with autism in her early childhood and since taking up karate aged 12, she has reached black belt level and become a triple world champion. She also teaches dance, and wants to use this opportunity in the spotlight of national television to represent people with disabilities and promote acceptance.
We love this Twitter post from Jamie Linderman of Lincoln, Alabama. It just shows how powerful a small act of kindness can be.
This piece from paralympic.org highlights some of the swimmers fans should look out for at Tokyo 2020, including Japan’s Dai Tokairin. After not qualifying for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the S14-classified athlete has come back stronger, posting a world record time in 2019. Dai also has autism and aims to inspire other autistic people to stay positive and believe in themselves.
Golf on tour
Charlie Bristow set himself the target of completing 50 golf courses in 2021 to raise $4,000 for Autism Society of Minnesota, and it’s a challenge he is all too familiar with. This is the 11th season that Charlie has taken his golf passion on tour and he has already raised over $44,000 after covering more than 200 different courses. Charlie is also another shining example of somebody on the autistic spectrum taking part and excelling in sport, and you can follow his 2021 campaign on social media.