Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 6 December 2019

From Olympic medals to marathons: meet the athlete brothers hoping to inspire people of determination

Joel, Isaac, Jonah, and Mica will be running the Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon 10km this December

The Hambleton brothers are already accomplished athletes. Joel, 21; Isaac, 18; Jonah, 16; and Mica, 16 all took home medals at the Special Olympic World Games held in Abu Dhabi earlier this year.

And now the four of them are preparing for their next challenge, which will see them enter the Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon’s 10 kilometre race in December.

The adopted brothers, who were born with autism, have been busy training together throughout the summer at the free running sessions held at Zayed Sport City, ahead of the race on Friday, December 6.

“The boys have become closer, they support each other. They really are their own team and it’s nice because whenever we go some place that we are not familiar with, we already feel comfortable because we brought our own people” says mum Cassie Hambleton.

The brothers hope to become professional athletes, as well as advocated for people of determination and people with autism.

“I’d like to inspire the community to stay active” says Isaac.

During the World Games in March, Jonah won gold in the 10km cycling road race with a time of 18.07.00. It was his second medal, after he and his brother Mica were the first athletes to cross the finish line at the Games, coming first and second in the triathlon.

Joel and Issac also took gold and silver in the 1,500-metre open water swimming.

Updated: November 20, 2019 04:33 PM

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