Champion Gymnast With Down Syndrome Keeps Proving Doubters Wrong

Chelsea Werner, from Danville, California, never let Down syndrome keep her from pursuing her passion — gymnastics.

The four-time national Special Olympics champion began practicing the sport at the age of 4 because her parents hoped it would help combat low muscle tone, a symptom of Down syndrome, NBC Today reported. Now, she’s become a competitive presence in her sport.

She has put in this many years and hours of gymnastics training and all those times when she didn’t get a ribbon, and she kept going,” Dawn Pombo, her coach, told the outlet.

In addition to her national titles, Werner also has an international Special Olympics title, and she participated as a special guest in this year’s NCAA women’s gymnastics championships. She’s a great example of what it means to never give up.

If more parents could see what Chelsea could do,” Lisa Werner, Werner’s mother, told Mercury News, “I think they’d realize their kids could do so much more than anyone gives them credit for.”

See more of her inspiring story in the video below:

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