Proud of his achievement, he said, “I also improved my hiking skills as I overcame the rocky trails and steep steps using a hiking pole.”
Gareth also participated in the YMCA Inclusive Challenge 2021, a virtual event held during the pandemic. However, he found the real Mount Fuji climb to be a much more thrilling and rewarding experience.
Clara Toh, a senior executive at YMCA Singapore, highlighted the significance of this achievement, especially since a previous attempt in 2019 had been thwarted by heavy rain.
Assistant coach Howard Yap, who runs his own business, joined his son Ryan, who has Down syndrome, on this adventure.
Mr Yap said he and his son enjoy dragon boating, cycling, boxing, and rock climbing together.
Mr Yap shared, “Doing different activities helps Ryan in different ways, such as improving his balance, focus and stamina. Being in nature calms him down and he learns how to take care of others in the group. Besides, when he’s hiking, he can’t use his mobile phone.”