Leaping Over Obstacles

A track star from Special Olympics Nova Scotia, Christian Gerro brought home a gold medal in standing long jump and a bronze in the 4 x 100m team relay from the Special Olympics World Games Berlin.

While an extremely accomplished athlete, Christian’s path to success was not without its challenges. Born with both hearing and visual impairments, he faced hurdles that could easily have discouraged him from pursuing his passion for athletics. However, Christian’s unrelenting spirit and work ethic propelled him forward. Always sporting a radiant smile, he is known not only for his incredible dedication but also for his infectious positivity that resonates with all who cross his path.

A pivotal element contributing to Christian’s accomplishments was the unwavering support provided by Erin Harper, his American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter from Special Olympics Manitoba. Erin’s role extended beyond translation; she became Christian’s partner and pillar of support, ensuring effective communication and facilitating his interaction with coaches, teammates, and fellow athletes. Through her partnership, Christian’s abilities were able to shine brightly on the world stage.

“I’m just so proud and honoured to have been at his side through this experience,” she shares. “In all these months of training, I’ve only ever seen a happy Christian. I’m continuously amazed at his talent and commitment. The standing long jump was new to him, but he was instantly a natural. You can tell what a gifted athlete he is – and he definitely put in the work,” says Erin Harper, Christian’s ASL Interpreter.

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