Today, the dream of 24-year old boccia player Adam Peska from the Czech Republic came true. He won a gold medal in the Bc3 individual boccia. This is the second gold medal won by a person living with Duchenne at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Peska was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) when he was six years old. When he was 12 years old, he was introduced to boccia through Parent Project Czech Republic, a non-profit organization set up by parents of children with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Parent Project Czech Republic is one of the World Duchenne Organizations’ 50 member patient organizations.
“Whenever there was time, my mom and I practiced in the corridor at my primary school. When I started out in the sport, I was supported by my mother, who was my caddie and assistant. Later, other members of our family got involved and now we work as a team. Everyone helps.”