Family coach firm backs Omar Haddad

A TALENTED Downs Syndrome gymnast selected to compete in the World Special Olympic Games has won support from World readers.

Omar Haddad, aged 22, of Downside, Widnes, has to raise £2,000 to compete at the event in Athens, in June, 2011.

After a World story featuring him being chosen to promote the Special Olympics in an interactive film, local businesses have offered to help.

Runcorn family coach firm Anthony’s Travel has donated £300, after sponsoring him throughout his gymnastic career.

Richard Bamber, aged 39, who founded the business with his parents, said: “Omar is a lovely lad.

“We started taking him to school when he was four and have watched him grow from a little boy to a small man.

“Too many times, people with learning difficulties are written off.

“It’s great to see that Omar is able to compete at the highest level.

“After each event, he always shows us his medals.

“By supporting causes such as Halton Haven and Omar, we are putting something back into the local community.”

Ann Abbott, who works at Morrisons in Widnes, is doing a sponsored walk.

Omar, himself, is having his head shaved to raise funds.

Omar’s mum, Liz, aged 52, said: “We know families and businesses are struggling at this time so any help is very much appreciated.

“Richard has seen Omar develop and always makes time to see how he’s getting on.

“They are a lovely family and are pleased they can help a local lad achieve his full potential.”

Omar trains at The Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sport and Arts in Crewe.

To watch Omar’s film, visit To sponsor Omar, call his coach, Iain Chalmers on 01270 255355 or Liz Haddad on 07931 200384.

Special Olympics gymnast Omar Haddad receives support from Richard Bamber at Anthony’s Travel Picture: Ian Park IPQ261110

Appeared originally in the Runcorn & Widnes World – December 2010