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Triathlons in Utah to golf in Walvis Bay

Global Spectrum gives you a bite-size look at a handful of inspiring stories that have recently warmed our hearts… and now, hopefully yours too.
Triathlete running in an event

The darker nights may be drawing in, but we have collated some of our favourite stories from the world of autism and sport to lift your spirits.

Check out what we found in September.

Iron man

The Iron Man 70.3 World Championships took place in Utah on Saturday 18th September, and among the competitors was the first known autistic triathlete to have taken part in the event. Sam Holness completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run in five hours and 44 minutes and made his parents – who were watching from the side – incredibly proud.

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Back on the green

There was great news in Namibia for the Nedbank for Autism Golf series. After nationwide COVID-19 restrictions enforced a three-month pause on the event, it was allowed to continue in late summer. The series, which is based at Walvis Bay Golf Club, is generating money for the Autism Association of Namibia and this year’s fundraising has already surpassed the amount collected last year, with the series final taking place in November.

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Dreams come true

Baseball players for Alabama teamed up with Miracle League for a fun-filled afternoon of baseball in September. Miracle League is an organisation that provides opportunities for disabled and neurodiverse children to play baseball and the afternoon’s proceedings involved each Alabama player pairing up with a buddy from Miracle League and playing baseball with them, which proved to be just as much fun for both parties.

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Reigning champion

After defending her Paralympic title in the T20-classification 400m this summer, US runner Breanna Clark made headlines – including in this list of the eight best moments at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. She has autism and broke her own world record with a time of 55.18 seconds.

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