Global Spectrum

Baseball in New York to Cheerleading in Christchurch

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.
New York Mets baseball field


Sam Holness is an autistic triathlete and competed in the gruelling Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October, clocking a time of just over 13 hours.

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Fans of the game

New York Times writer Kathleen O’Brien explains how going to a New York Mets baseball game has sparked a passion for her 12-year-old autistic son.

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US to Australia

Connecticut-based taekwondo participant and instructor Amanda Gregg has autism and has been invited to represent the USA in an international competition in Australia next month, despite only starting the sport four years ago.

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Cheer to the top

Ten-year-old Naomi King has been selected to compete in a cheerleading competition in Florida, with her family and friends setting up fundraising initiatives to get her across the world from her home in Christchurch, New Zealand. Naomi has autism and has aspirations to represent her country at the 2028 Olympics.

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