Chelsea Werner: The Girl with Down’s Syndrome Who Became a Two-Time Champion in Gymnastics

Down’s syndrome is one of the most challenging and debilitating conditions that affect children in the world. It’s a genetic disorder which makes muscular and skeletal development very slow and faulty. And, as a result, Down’s patients end up with brittle skeletons. Chelsea Werner was no different. She was diagnosed when she was a child too.

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Parents Encouragement

What’s different, is the way things turned out afterward for her. Her parents despite her diagnosis enrolled her in gymnastics classes. Needless to say, they were very difficult for her.

However, the brave heart ended up participating in her first tournament when she was 8. This is a significant achievement in a world where gymnastics still happens to be one of the most challenging of sports. Life got complicated for Chelsea and her family in 2006 when the state of California dropped gymnastics from its Special Olympics programme. Her father who never gave up on her ended up going to an NPO and seeking financial aid to fuel her career.

Now one must remember this, the phrase “you are all winners” resonates on a spiritual level for participants at any event for Specially Able people. Even the Special Olympics is mainly organized for such participants so that they can socialize.

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Chelsea lost thrice in a row. In fact, she came last.

In a world where people give up at the first sight of failure, she started practicing 16 hours every week, which is a huge deal.

It is said, that if you desire something with the bottom of your heart, the universe conspires to unite you with it.

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Chelsea desired victory for once in her life.

The best part is, she never thought of her disability as a thing that hindered her in any way. She knew she lost, but not when it came to being differently abled.

And well, the universe did conspire to unite her with her dream. She indeed got her chance and her hard work paid off. All she put her body through paid her, her due.

Her persistent resilience saw her through. She won numerous accolades at the national level. But the jewel of her crown/ the feather in her cap came when she won a world title at the International Down Syndrome Foundation World Championships. She loves her life and is very sociable. Her parents and in extension the whole world is proud of this wunderkind.

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Down’s Syndrome babies should be killed, urges top scientist

Top scientist Richard Dawkins isn’t interested in protecting life on Earth. He’s only interested in protecting a planet full of people that he approves of. To him, Down syndrome babies have no importance in the world and should be terminated before they take their first breath. With the right prenatal testing, Dawkins believes that Down syndrome can be detected early, and the baby can be discarded as medical waste so they won’t waste any space on planet Earth. In a way, Dawkins is like Adolf Hitler, preparing his preferred race with the perfect qualities. He has no patience to care and love people who are slower than him. His brilliance is the model to live by, and babies with Down syndrome are apparently not fit for the world that he wants.


Richard Dawkins recently stated publicly on Twitter that it’s the moral thing to abort babies with Down syndrome before they have a chance to be born. The Twitter conversation began with Dawkins displaying a picture of pro-life supporters in Ireland — a country that does not endorse abortion or subsidize it. Dawkins criticized Ireland for its pro-life stance, writing, “Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area.”

One woman questioned Dawkins’ tweet, asking, “994 human beings with Down’s Syndrome deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012. Is that civilised?”

Dawkins replied, endorsing mass pre-meditated death of children with Down syndrome, “Yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings.”

Another commenter chimed in, confused, “I honestly don’t know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma.”

Dawkins reassured the man that it was the moral thing to take out children with Down syndrome before they are born. “Abort it and try again,” he wrote. “It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

This brings up the following questions: What if Richard Dawkins was born with a chromosomal disorder? Is it then moral to terminate his life? Where does Dawkins draw the line when pre-engineering a perfect human race? Should all children with deformities or cognitive impairments be discarded?

Taking the gift of life for granted

The most passionate pro-life army would probably be the 54.5 million people and counting who were ripped out of the womb over the past 40 years in the US. What if Dawkins had been one of them? He could have seized to exist. These people, discarded as medical waste, never had a say in the matter of their own life and were never allowed to take their first breath outside their mothers’ wombs. They were never given a chance. If they were allowed to speak today, every one of them would say it’s the adult’s moral responsibility to protect life conceived in the womb.

These people, who were denied their entire life’s liberty and every single possible choice, represented a new beginning, a clean slate. They never posed a threat to society and could have changed the world in a positive way, yet they were discarded as fetuses without feelings.

Court rulings like the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision never restored women’s privacy and freedom of choice. The ruling only encouraged and subsidized the deaths of millions of future women and men who could have helped build a more compassionate society.

When abortion became federally endorsed, the medical procedure was no longer a last-ditch option; it became encouraged, and death has multiplied since then. The ruling never really protected freedom of choice; it only encouraged the death of millions who will never get a single choice.

By not respecting life and protecting it at all costs, society begins to endorse relative morality. When people are encouraged to harm others and take life, lawlessness abounds, even while it is endorsed by the law itself.

When life is respected first, then liberty can abound. The so-called liberty that the court “granted” is only an illusion of choice.

At the same time, being for life doesn’t mean that one should condemn women who’ve undergone abortions in the past. Women and men are both greatly impacted emotionally and spiritually after going through with an abortion. The last thing that they need is some zealot waving a sign in their face and telling them they should go to jail or hell.

All men and women have an inherent choice to either protect life or discard it. It’s just sad to see a leading scientist like Richard Dawkins regard human life so flippantly. Instead of subsidizing abortion and encouraging the genocide of people with chromosomal disorders, we should be empowering men and women with hope, education and resources to raise their families. The world would become a better place if a conscious shift occurred — a heart change that values life and compassion for all human beings, no matter the cost.

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World Down’s Syndrome Day.

History Made: U.S. Teen with Down Syndrome Reaches Everest Base Camp.


It’s more than most will ever be able to say they accomplished: climb to an incredible 17,598 feet and set foot within Mt. Everest’s rocky, snow-glazed Base Camp.

Eli Reimer, a teen from Bend, Ore. who also has Down syndrome, made history by hiking 70 miles with his father, Justin Riemer, and a team of seven other people to the famed Himalayan mountain’s lofty staging area, all to raise money and awareness for the disabled. Everest has two base camps — one in China (North Base Camp) at 16,900 feet and another in Nepal (South Base Camp) at just under 17,600 feet; Eli and his father climbed to the latter. Just getting to one of Everest’s Base Camps is a major challenge, and climbers then have to wait, usually for several days, to acclimatize to the high altitude before continuing up the mountain.

According to, when Eli and his father stepped off their return flight to L.A. International Airport on Friday, March 22 — shortly after World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 — they received a warm welcome from supporters.

“We’re able to celebrate that as we departed Katmandu with [Eli] just completing something that as far as we know, no other teen with Down Syndrome [in the U.S.] has done, so it’s monumental,” said Justin Riemer. In an email to TIME, Reimer noted that a 35-year-old man from the U.K. was the first “and only other person” with Down syndrome to climb to the Base Camp.

Eli and Justin’s trip reportedly raised $85,000 in donations for Justin and his wife Tamara’s organization The Elisha Foundation, which offers support to families “affected by any disability.”