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12-Year-Old with Autism Finds Release and Success Powerlifting

March 10, 2014

Christopher Biggs is a 12-year-old boy on his way to compete in the youth division at the Alabama State Powerlifting Championships at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama this weekend! Christopher is also affected by both autism and Tourette syndrome. 

Christopher's tics and sensory issues can cause many public situations to be very difficult for him. However, when he is training at TOADS (Total Athletic Development Systems), a personal-training facility in Mobile, his parents see their son relaxed and in control, which often continues outside the gym making a big difference in Christopher's behaviors.

"It's wonderful," said his mother, Lynne Biggs. "When Christopher comes here, it's like family to him. He knows everybody. He's completely relaxed. Not a bit of stress...He's proud of what he does."

"Christopher said this is going to teach people about autism," said Lynne. "He said he wants to show people that people with autism can do anything they can do."