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IN Health & Fitness ON 29 Sep, 2015
Triathlon should have been a far more popular sport than it really is. This gruelling sport takes a lot of strain on the sportsmen and is considered as one of the world's most challenging sports.
Redman Triathlon, Chicago Triathlon, USAT and Ironman Triathlon are some of the most famous and sought-after Triathlon events taking place on the international level. Even adults get nightmares when they are to prepare for this, so just imagine the traumatic experience an 8-year-old kid could have gone through.
This kid is not just another normal kid like we were. We played hide & seek in our childhood and kids these days are busy with their video games. Bailey, however, chose to prepare himself for something far better.
Last week in Doncaster, England, Bailey completed his first ever triathlon, the 5.6 kilometer Castle Howard Triathlon, in lesser than 90 mins. The race constitutes a 100-metre swim, a 4000-metre bike ride, and a 1300-metre run! Still, something more shocking is waiting your way.
Yes, you heard it right. Something that is already close to impossible for a kid to complete is completed by a sufferer of cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy causes everything that is well enough to stop you from running. It causes problem with muscle tone, movement and balancing.
He knew all that was to be known and decided to go for a triathlon. So we all want to know what was the reason behind his neck-breaking decision.
Bailey used to see his father and uncle preparing for triathlons. He used to be in awe with the beauty and challenge that the sport provided. He started begging his father to let him participate and finally his father gave up to Bailey's desperation for the sport.
People were all chanting his name throughout the race. His father who encouraged him throughout the race was having tears in his eyes when he saw his little champion running towards him after bagging the medal of honour. Bailey even threw away his walker as he reached the end of the race and completed the race falling and standing back. He taught a very important life lesson by this brave gesture.
Bailey's story proved so much that I can never be able to write it all in words. We look for fat contracts, glamor and controversies to generate our interest in sports, but very often we forget the courage and hard work which an athlete of his kind goes through in his initial days! Share the story, comment and watch video to feel that motivation which I received while making this story.