More than 20 seizures a day won't stop this runner
DARRYL Bridges suffers from more than 20 epileptic seizures a day but will prove he's not held back by his disability when he competes at the National Cross Country Championships this month.
The 15-year-old Murgon State High School student, who suffers from epilepsy and an intellectual impairment, said he would not let his challenges stand in the way of his future.
"I want to become an Olympic athlete," Darryl said. "I just love sport, running is my favourite."
When Darryl represented Wide Bay at the state titles earlier this year, he said a good time at the nationals was his next big goal.
"I reckon I'll go good because I went well in the last one," he said.
"I'll win it."
Darryl said he worked hard for his accomplishments.
"Every day I'm doing training laps around the farm," he said.
"And I do 20 sprints on a big oval.
"I enjoy it."
Darryl said support from his peers fuelled him to run better.
"They yell my name out and say 'come on, you can do it'," he said.
"They cheer me and I feel great."
Darryl's aunt and carer Susan Aiton said cross country put him at further risk but this did not deter him.
"He's at more risk of a seizure when he exerts himself," she said. "He goes blank for one or two seconds but runs through it and does really well."
Murgon State High School special education teacher Kaye Buchan said she was very proud of what Darryl has achieved.
"Every child has something special to offer the community, and for Darryl he is an amazing student and person," Ms Buchan said.
"He has a lot of skill and ability and we're trying to work with that so he can have the best future possible."
Ms Buchan said the school had been selling $1 raffle tickets and cups of ice in a bid to raise enough money to send Darryl to Melbourne for the cross country championships on August 28.
To find out how you can help Darryl get to the championships phone the school on 4169 9222.