The story of Kyle Myers, a gymnast with disabilities, isn't your everyday news. The 29-year-old DURBAN YMCA gymnast is not only an exceptional athlete but an individual who pushes the limits and overcomes incredible challenges.
Kyle never let his physical differences deter his path to a successful life. Success to him meant to walk without support and eat without dropping the spoon. Born with Down syndrome, his musculoskeletal limitations made it extremely difficult for him to be a gymnast. The musculoskeletal problems caused movement coordination issues that able-bodied people simply don't have to deal with, but persistence won the mind over body.
Childhood was not easy for Kyle. Standing or walking without assistance was a challenge. Today, he has been perusing gymnastics for more than 12 years. He has exceeded the expectations of his trainers and family. Battling against the odds, he has become an impressive athlete and his competitive drive has led him to the solo pommel routine.
People who have Down syndrome undoubtedly face challenges. For Kyle Myers, his grit to out beat all his problems have taken him far and beyond. Kyle believes he is not special, but he believes he can do it. His coach, Maureen Parry, says there has been quite some remarkable growth in Kyle’s confidence and his self-image.
Kyle Myers says he is one-person competing within himself, pushing his limits, and venturing into new realms of life. Ivan Williams (12) has been assisting in Kyle's coaching on the pommel horse. Ivan has been a gymnast for the last eight years and has helped Kyle make extensive improvements. Maureen Parry is coaching both Ivan and Kyle. As per Maureen, Kyle has moved ahead of his physical and mental challenges. He is now ready to show his unique stunts to the spectators.
Kyle’s persistence and passion have powered him with something that uplifts him. He has worked relentlessly to overcome his shortcomings, but he has never let his weakness to overcome him.