Their lives revolve around Jesus

Special Olympics athlete Jesus, competing in equestrian event, had his family cheering for him sporting customised t-shirts.

Family members show their support to Jesus who is competing in equestrian event at the Special Olympics World Games.   -  Stan Rayan

Papa de Jesus, Mama de Jesus, Hermano de Jesus!

One came across this interesting Mexican family, with these words printed on the back of their tees, at the Special Olympics World Games here on Tuesday evening.

Were they all ‘born again’? One was curious to know.

“We just want to show our support to my brother Jesus, who is competing in equestrian in the World Games here. He’s the dad of Jesus, she’s the mother, and I, ‘hermano’, that means brother of Jesus. They are all in Spanish,” explained Gustavo Amador Arroyo.

“My brother Jesus has Down’s Syndrome…we want him to know that we are close to him and that is why we are wearing this.”

The Arroyo family cheering for Jesus.   -  Stan Rayan


When Jesus Amador was young, his parents tried everything to bring him out of his shell.

“We had physiotherapy for him and later a coach suggested that he try equestrian. So, my dad said, ‘why not, let’s try’. And so, he started competing in a lot of competitions,” said Gustavo, Jesus’ brother, who was a good footballer a few years ago.

But the horses are quite different to the ones Jesus is used to back home.

“The horses, provided by the Police here, are really different. They are of a high race, they are stronger, have a lot of power so it is a bit hard for the athletes,” said Gustavo.

“Back home, the horses are quieter.”

But with a name like that, taming them should not be a big task for Jesus.

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