At the age of 5, Micah Miner found his passion for gymnastics. Miner, 10 years old, competes in the top gymnastic competitions for his age bracket. Despite being on the autism spectrum, he is currently an Illinois State Champion in gymnastics!

Maurice and Micah Miner (Source: RiverBender)

While other kids may find it hard to focus during gymnastic practices, Miner finds comfort in doing gymnastics. In addition, gymnastics has improved his social skills and behavior. “While the noise and confusion of a gymnastics training session or competition can be overwhelming to a child who has autism, it helps Micah expand his comfort zone”, Miner’s Father, Maurice Miner, told Belleville News.

Miner regularly meets new people all across the country and has built lifelong relationships. His coach says that he was born to be a gymnast. “He has air awareness and certain things that you can only accumulate after being in this sport for 10 to 15 years. He’s already doing it at the age of ten”, Trey Katz, Miner’s coach, told WBIR News.

Miner is set to compete in the 2017 U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Associations National Championships in Madison, Wisconsin.  His parents have provided a huge support system that encourages him to chase his gymnastics dream. “Every child, every person has an ability and everyone has a gift. I think that if we encourage our children, especially ones with special needs, to pursue whatever that is, then we give them the tools to be successful”, says Miner’s mother, Kimberley Miner.

“How do I feel doing gymnastics?… Happy”, Miner told Belleville news.

We wish you the best of luck at your competition, Micah!

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