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Why Simone Biles is an Inspiration to all Foster Children

Posted on 23rd August 2016 by

We’ve been totally captivated by the Olympics this year. Not only have Team GB exceeded all expectations by coming second on the medal table(!!!), but there were so many young people and teenagers involved in the games that have done exceptionally well. They have shown young people all around the world what it is to a dream and achieve something. That hard work and dedication really do pay off. And none of them more than the unbelievable American athlete, Simone Biles.

They have shown young people all around the world what it is to a dream and achieve something – that hard work and dedication really do pay off. And none of them more than the unbelievable athlete, Simone Biles.

 

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Simone is a 19-year-old gymnast from America who is now a gold medal winning Olympian, and officially the world’s best gymnast.

The part of Simone’s story that hits us closest to home is that like many other children around the world, she was not raised by her biological parents. Her grandfather and grandmother stepped into that important role by fostering her, and later adopting her. It was them that gave her unconditional love and support, and helped make her the superstar she is today!

 

Typically speaking, people expect high flying people, like Olympians, to come from a stable upbringing with two loving parents, which is why it’s so fantastic seeing Simone break this stereotype. She has shown young people that no matter where you come from, or what you have been through in life, you can achieve whatever you want to.

It’s arguable that without the love and support of her amazing mum and dad, who fostered and cared for her when she really needed them, Simone may not be where she is today. She is proof of what a good, loving and supportive foster family can do. How they can shape the path of a young person in ways they never imagined.

Simone and her siblings were adopted by their maternal grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles, who are both modest when speaking of their role in helping their children shine. But Simone herself has attributed her success to the wonderful parents who have supported her throughout her life.

“My parents make sure we have everything we need so that we compete to the best of our ability,” – Simone told People Magazine.

Simone was just six years old at the time when she first took up the sport. Her dedication to the sport led her to never missing a single practice, and it’s this tenacity and love for the sport that has helped create a master gymnast. We hope that she knows that she is not only an inspiration to other gymnasts, but to children in foster care all around the world.

Well done, Simone!

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