A former Nescot student has followed in his great-grandfather’s footsteps by winning gold for his country at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Daniel Wolff triumphed in the 400m, setting a new personal best time of 56.85, as well as winning a team bronze in the 4x100m relay and coming fifth in the 800m.
Writing on Facebook, the 21-year-old described winning gold as a ‘dream come true’, and said representing Great Britain ‘means the world’ to him.
Daniel’s great-grandfather Frederick Wolff CBE, known as Freddie, ran the opening leg of the 4x400m relay in Berlin in 1936, setting a new European record of three minutes and nine seconds with team-mates William Roberts, Godfrey Brown and Godfrey Rampling.
He served in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during the Second World War, and was promoted to captain. He was made a CBE in 1975, and died in 1988.
“To be able to follow in my great-grandfather’s footsteps and represent my country is amazing,” Daniel wrote on the official Special Olympics Great Britain Facebook page.
“I try to run like my great-grandfather, and to bring home a gold medal for my country is a dream come true. This is fantastic. To represent Special Olympics Great Britain at the World Games in Los Angeles actually means the world to me.”
Daniel, who completed the Preparation for Life and Work (PfLaW) department’s Transition into Employment programme in June, said before he left for the America that he was nervous and excited about the competition, and looking forward to hearing the crowd cheer him on.
He joined PfLaW in 2012, and in December last year he moved from the family home to live independently in his own flat in Cheam.
Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects how a person communicates with and relates to people, and how they make sense of the world around them.
“We are so very proud of Daniel and his phenomenal achievements,” said Cliff Hall, Head of College at Nescot.
“Even being selected to compete in the World Games is amazing, but to come away with a gold and a bronze medal is magnificent. Daniel’s success is very well deserved.”
The World Games is the Special Olympics’ flagship competition, and took place from July 25 to August 2 with 7,000 athletes from 177 countries competing in 28 venues.