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Lindo Antonio Shares His Story with Namibia Economist in Honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Lindo Antonio poses in front of Special Olympics Namibia banner.

The following is an excerpt from Leader for a Lifetime, published by Namibia Economist.

Something a lot of people don’t know is that people with ID are proud of who we are, and rightly so. I don’t feel like there’s anything to hide or be ashamed of, rather there is much about me and others with ID to celebrate. It hurt when I was called “bewitched” people thought ID is taboo. It’s simply the way I was made! I am a; Special Olympics Athlete Leader, community contact, mentor, public speaker and facilitator of family health forums, national and regional games, Healthy Athletes (Special Olympics International’s health-driven initiative) and youth innovation. While I do many things for the movement and have been involved with it for more than four years, something I’m most proud of is the seat I hold on the Special Olympics Namibia Board.

Despite hanging up my running shoes, I still go the distance, literally. I’m known to walk innumerable kilometres to be a part of Special Olympics programming. I’ve come to think of Special Olympics as a family, and what can I say? I don’t like to miss family events!

That dedication, enthusiasm and engagement were infectious and this is how I motivate others and how I ended up in a leadership role. It’s also how I rebuilt my confidence, I repurposed my history of being bullied. It’s become an indicator of my acute ability to persevere. I’m tenacious, and I believe all Special Olympics athletes have the capacity to be so as well, hence my passion for mentoring.

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