Triathlon for disabled kids2 Mar 2016
9 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