PARALYMPIC HERO CONTINUES TO INSPIRE
Jun 09, 2017
There are fewer greater sporting heroes in Jordan these days than Omar Qaradeh.
The powerlifter has overcome more than most to become a champion, and his silver medals won at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008 and last year’s version in Rio de Janeiro have made him an icon for a whole generation of youngsters trying to achieve with a disability.
Speaking to www.joc.jo, Qaradeh said that Ramadan allows him to reflect on a terrific 12 months and plan for the future to continue his inspirational journey.
“Winning those two medals at the Paralympic Games were unforgettable moments for me,” he said: “It’s a special moment when you compete in the Paralympic Games anyway, but to be on the podium takes it a new level.”
Despite being a ‘light’ participant in the 48kg competitions, Qaradeh has become one of the best in the world and is hoping that his achievements are encouraging others to succeed in life.
“If I can do it then anyone can,” he said. “You just need to create your dream and then chase it. There is always hope and you must work with people that will help you achieve. Never give up despite those dark moments. Keep on going.”
During Ramadan, Qaradeh says he spends a lot of time praying and visiting his family, but his training is certainly not put on hold.
“I still get in the gym every day from 4-6pm to keep up my strength and fitness. I find this time is the best for me to train. I have a busy period coming up so can’t afford to take time off if I want to remain as one of the best in the world.”