Lowestoft athlete wins medal haul at Special Olympics
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It was a week of unquestionable success for a talented athlete after he returned from the Special Olympics GB National Games with a haul of medals.
Adam Szucs, from Lowestoft, represented the eastern region team in four athletics events at the country's largest multi-sports games for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
More than 2,600 competitors participated across 20 different sports at the games, whose patrons include Tony Hadley and James Toseland.
The event was held in Sheffield from August 7 to August 12, with Adam taking gold in the 100m as well as bronze medals in the 200m, relay and long-jump.
The 24-year-old,who idolises Usain Bolt, suffers from Williams syndrome – a developmental disorder which often results in intellectual issues and the narrowing of the aorta, causing shortness of breath.
Having attended the Ashley School in Lowestoft, for children with learning difficulties, Adam decided to give athletics a try alongside a group of friends back in 2009.
The group subsequently competed at a national championships hosted by learning disability charity Mencap, where Adam's impressive performances earned him a selection for the England squad.
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Eight years later, the hard-working sprinter has become an accomplished athlete and he was delighted to be clutching so many medals on his return from Sheffield.
'The games was really good and it was great to win gold in the 100m which is my main event,' said Adam.
'People said it was close but I didn't think it was!'
Adam's usually trains three times a week with coach Dennis Costello in Norwich, although during the summer he makes use of the track at Ormiston Denes Academy.
His father Chris believes his success hinges on his own determination.
'The motivation has got to be from him,' added Mr Szucs.
'I always say that the day Adam doesn't want to get out of bed and train is the day we stop.
'In two years there will be a global games and then another national games, so it would be great to do another four-year cycle.'
As for Adam's ambitions moving forward, he wants to sustain his success and potentially aim even higher.
'The paralympics is always in the back of my mind but the standard is very high,' said Adam.
'Hopefully I can just do well again at the next games.'