Inspirational 13-year-old girl to take on Triathlon
An inspirational 13-year-old girl, from Burnham on Crouch, in Essex, is to take on a triathlon in the UK’s only disability challenge event.
Honey Lock, who has cerebral palsy, a condition that stiffens the muscles and restricts mobility, has registered to take part in the 2019 Superhero Triathlon, which takes place in Dorney Lake, in Windsor, on Saturday 17th August, 2019.
Honey, who is a full time wheelchair user, is looking to raise funds for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
The charity provided Honey with the funding that she needed to undertake a physiotherapy programme following recent foot reconstruction surgery.
“Honey has had several operations to improve her mobility and one of the most important things following surgery is a programme of intensive physiotherapy,” explained her mum Rebecca, aged 45. “The amount of physio that she needs can’t be accommodated by the NHS so we have to complement this with a number of private sessions each week.”
Last year Rebecca and her 49-year-old husband Martin, had to raise £8,000 towards the cost of Honey’s physiotherapy!
The Superhero Triathlon Series was set up by a former para-triathlete who loved competing and challenging herself, but hated how often events didn’t cater for disabled people.
The Superhero Triathlon is a fun mass participation challenge where people with disabilities don’t have to worry about times or equipment restrictions.
Swimming, cycling and running are the three most popular disability sports and they are the core of the event which has been designed to make sure that anyone who wants to take part can, no matter of what their level of disability is.
Honey, a pupil at Plume Academy, in Maldon, Essex, has been working hard in the gym, and with her physiotherapist, to be prepared for the event.
“The challenge has come at the right time for Honey as she will be starting upper school in September where she will be preparing for her GCSE’s” explained Martin. “Honey has developed a great resilience and has had to overcome many challenges in her life so I’m sure that she will be more than prepared for the triathlon.”
Honey, who also uses sticks and a walking frame to aid her mobility, will swim 150m, cycle 3km and run 1km during the challenge.
“We’re so proud that in the time we’ve been supporting Honey she’s now reached a stage where she’s taking part in a triathlon,” said Mark Bushell from Caudwell Children. “She’s making remarkable progress, but she needs the public to get behind her, and sponsor her determined efforts, in order to raise the funds that she needs to continue her life changing physiotherapy programme.”
You can support Honey through her Just Giving page here.