Meet Britain’s smallest competitive bodybuilder, Choon Tan, 21, an entrepreneurial business management student at Northumbria University also works as an events manager in Newcastle. He is just 4ft 10in tall but possesses?? all the qualities of a winning athlete despite his rare genetic defect.
Choon has known about his genetic birth defect — known as x-linked spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia tarda — even as a child but knowing that he would be different from everyone else has confused and made him miserable but at the same time it opened his mind and led him into an incredible journey towards redesigning himself and his life.
According to an article by?Unilad, he surmised that since he is small and people tend to bully and torment him, the best way is to grow and trained his body through bodybuilding. Something that proved beneficial for not only did it allow him to cope with his physically condition but also helped him developed self-confidence.
Instead of leaving his condition to dictate what his life is going to be, this determined young man decided to fight back and conquer not only the debilitating pain and other physical complications that his condition gives him but also the emotional and psychological ones that are even more incapacitating. He was able to climb off the quagmire of depression and torment and emerged undoubtedly a winner.
?My main ambition now is to inspire people to believe in themselves,? he says. ?And to know that they too can change their lives, no matter what the situation.? Above all these, all he wants is to inspire more people like him to change their lives.