Meet Dylan from St Augustine’s in Maryborough. He and his team have just finished 10th overall in the Pushcart class out of 39 teams at the 2018 Energy Breakthrough. Dylan has Down syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him or his team participating or celebrating. This International Day of People with Disability on 3 December, we want to bring into focus stories like Dylan’s, but also the many young people with a disability who participate in our event.
We’d had a number of emails prior to the event between our EB team and the St Augustine’s PS Team Manager, Kyra Wood. As Dylan and his teammates were preparing for the event, Kyra wanted to ensure everyone was confident that they could participate safely and enjoy themselves.
Ruby was paired in the pushcart events with Dylan. Dylan was really nervous before the start of the Endurance event – he wasn’t sure how he was going to go and Ruby later admitted she was a little anxious, too. Normally, the driver and the pusher switch over, but in this case, Dylan would ‘drive’ both legs of the relay (I’m sure he didn’t mind). But as Ruby’s mum, Melissa, told us later, there was no need for either of the kids to worry:
“The race starter from the Energy Breakthrough, Rob, was just so wonderful. He gave Dylan high-fives at the start and the end of his event, and put everyone at ease. Ruby loved it and so did Dylan. The look on Dylan’s face says it all!”
Later that day, Dylan was an active and valued member of the team’s Display & Presentation and competed in the pushcart sprint event on Saturday, too. He and his team finished 10th overall in the Pushcart class out of 39 teams at the 2018 Energy Breakthrough. Well done Dylan and the ‘Super Saints’!