The Incredible Ben O'Keefe

17th November 2017

You may remember 11-year old Special Olympics athlete Ben O’Keefe from Norfolk. He is trained in gymnastics by Special Olympics Suffolk and he nearly broke the internet pre #Sheffield17 Special Olympics National Games with the huge amount of affection shown towards him from the British public.

You may also recall as a baby, Ben was born at just 28 weeks; suffered a brain hemorrhage; had damaged lungs; a deformed heart; and his family was told he would never walk or talk.

Well, nobody decided to tell Ben!

Last week he stood tall in Sheffield at the Special Olympics and he not only achieved great scores, he won three gold medals - for floor, rings and horizontal bar.

Then Ben picked up bronze on the vault, pommel and parallel bars!

He topped it all off by getting an overall gold for the highest scores in his division.

It was a fantastic week for Ben and for Special Olympics!

Well done Ben...for proving to the World that when people tell you that you cannot do something, it is not always the case!

We are proud of you, Ben!

« Back to all news