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Sheffield man going for gold in Special Olympics
Sheffield man going for gold in Special Olympics

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Sheffield man going for gold in Special Olympics

Published: 04/08/17

A 63-year-old man with learning disabilities is training up for the Special Olympics, which this year is taking place from 7–12 August in Sheffield’s Bramall Lane Stadium.

Arvon, who is supported by Hft, a national charity providing services for adults with learning disabilities, has been participating in powerlifting events since 1994. He’s since competed all over the UK and abroad, winning over 80 medals and trophies.

In preparation for the big event, Arvon travels to HM Prison Leeds every fortnight, where he trains with the Yorkshire Special Olympics powerlifting team. He also works out at the local gym whenever he can.

“I’m still very fit,” says Arvon. “I have a training regime: I do squats and bench lifts at the gym, and I watch what I eat.” He usually competes around three times a year so aims to keep a good level of fitness all year round.

Arvon’s support worker Diane, who usually accompanies him to events, says that he’s an inspiration. “Arvon’s so enthusiastic and keen, even after all this time,” she says. “He acts like a 30 year old really. I just think he’s amazing.”

While he’s confident about picking up another medal, Arvon says it’s the taking part that matters. “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt," he says, quoting the Special Olympics motto.

At 63, Arvon will be the oldest competitor in his event, but he’s far from retiring. “I really enjoy it, and I’ve met lots of people,” he says. “I’m never giving it up!”

Arvon is supported by Hft Sheffield and Derbyshire, who provide person-centred services across the region, ranging from domiciliary care and supported employment to supported living at home.

For more information about Hft’s services, visit

Sheffield man going for gold in Special Olympics

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About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centered support across all its services. 

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft please visit

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

Subject: Events
Location: Hft Sheffield & Derbyshire