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Triathlon for disabled kids

2 Mar 20169 year old Bailey Mathews from the UK has Cerebral palsy, but this hasn't held him back. Last July he completed and finished a triathlon.

Since completing the triathlon he has created a triathlon of his own for other children with disabilities. The hope is the event will help inspire others to get involved even if they're not confident in their own athletic ability. The triathlon will include a 50 metre swim, 2.5 kilometre bike ride, and a 750 metre run.

A video of Bailey finishing his race can be viewed HERE, which has been viewed over 800,000 times.

I think it's great that there's now another activity for children to get involved with.

I remember when I was a young child I used to participate in Little Athletics held in the local park. I don't remember if it was my idea or my parents' idea for me to get involved. This was before anyone was aware that I had CMT.

I always gave each event my best effort. But having limitations no one was aware of, and doing very physical activities meant I never did well. I can still picture doing hurdles and knocking everyone of them over. I think things like this were probably important in making me who I am though because they taught me not to give up.

Looking back it's now obvious why I didn't do so well and why I didn't really enjoy myself.Things may have been better had I been placed in activities more suited to my abilities with others kids at my ability level. I probably would have had a much better time. So I think an event like the one Bailey has created is important for children in more ways than one.

Original Article - http://www.9news.com.au/world/2016/03/02/11/25/young-triathlete-with-cerebral-palsy-creates-his-own-race-for-kids-with-disabilities


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