Special Olympics athlete Tristan is in big London run

Tristan Curtis
Tristan Curtis

AN athlete from Hastings is taking part in the upcoming British 10K powered by Nike+ London Run.

Tristan Curtis, 21, will be joining Olympians Katharine Merry, Anna Hemmings MBE and Graham Bell, as well as Sky TV’s Chris Kamara and singer Heather Small, at the event on Sunday (July 8).

He is running with a group of 10 Special Olympics athletes as part of Team Special Olympics. The course passes Big Ben, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and starts at 9.15am.

Tristan has been competing in regional and national competitions since joining Special Olympics GB in 2007. His first national competition was at the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games 2009 in Leicester, where he brought home three Gold medals. The following year, Tristan represented Great Britain at the 2010 Special Olympics European Summer Games in Warsaw, Poland. He won a Gold medal in the 400-metre event against 57 countries. Since then, Tristan has also explored the world of aquatics, earning one Silver, and one Bronze medal at the 2011 Special Olympics GB National Swimming Competition in Cardiff and recently a Silver medal at the 2012 Special Olympics GB National Swimming Competition in Sheffield. He said: “Being a part of Special Olympics gives me a focus to all my training – winning medals and meeting new friends.”

Tristan is studying for a BTEC in Sport at Sussex Coast College and has just earned a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and is now working towards his Silver. He recently completed his NVQ Level 2 in Catering and Hospitality and also holds a First Aid certificate. Tristan spends his spare time coaching the under-12s in disability football.

His coach Kathryn Ledger said: “I feel confident that Tristan will do his best at the British 10K and it will be a great experience for him.”