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El Paso man with Down syndrome ready to represent the U.S. at international competition

A young El Paso man is out to prove that a disability should never define a human being.

Andres Hernandez, 25, has Down syndrome, but that doesn’t stop him from getting in the way of his love for swimming.

Hernandez has gotten so good at the sport, that now he’s headed to Brisbane, Australia to represent the U.S. in the INAS Global Games.

The INAS Global Games are a competition for athletes with disabilities.

Nearly 1,000 athletes from 48 countries will compete at the INAS Global Games that begins on October 12.

The stage is nothing new for Hernandez who has competed at other international competitions in the past.

Hernandez’s mother, Marisela Hernandez, says her son’s love for swimming started when he was 4 years old.

Hernandez could use some help funding his trip to Australia.

His family has started a Go Fund Me Account to help raise money, and the link to the account is provided below:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/andres-hernandez-down-syndrome-swimmer-to-global-g

KVIA ABC-7

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