Townsville Pair Impress at Disabled Weightlifting Nationals

By Rohan O’Neil

Hosted by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association in Brisbane last Saturday, the Townsville duo impressed with some impressive efforts on the national stage.

Moffat, 21, lifted a personal best of 132kg in the 97kg body weight division, while Taylor, 35, lifted 102kg in the 88kg class.

Both lifters have cerebral palsy and train together at Strand Fitness, with Moffat’s lift made all the more impressive given his loss of around 14kg in body weight over the past year to be fitter and healthier for his sport.

“I’m really happy with my result given the weight loss,” Moffat said.

“Now I can just focus on my lifting ahead of the next competition in February. My goal is to represent Australia in powerlifting at the 2108 Commonwealth Games.”

Taylor was delighted to break into the “100 club” given he has narrowly missed the mark in his two previous competitions as he continues to improve in the sport.

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Brooklyn Homeless Teen with Cerebral Palsy Beats the Odds to Go to College

By ABC 7 News

A 17-year old from Brooklyn is truly beating the odds.

She’s on track to go to college and medical school, despite living in a homeless shelter and suffering from cerebral palsy.

Johileny Alamonte is at the top of her class at Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Brooklyn and yet not many know the great odds this teenager has already had to overcome.

“When I was first starting school they denied me access to regular education,” Johileny said.

Born with cerebral palsy, she says her mom had to fight early on just for her to get an equal education.

“She fought for me to like actually go to school where I deserved to go according to her standards,” said Johileny.

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North Stanly Teen with Cerebral Palsy Scores 85-yard Touchdown

By Phil Orban

A touchdown scored at North Stanly High School last Friday was something special.

It didn’t win the game. It didn’t set a school record, but it touched the hearts of everyone who witnessed it.

Every day, Daryl Colon comes out to football practice at North Stanly High School.

He straps on his shoulder pads and his helmet knowing he won’t use them, but he may be the most important member of the team.

“It’s a blessing to see someone with his condition to come out and practice with us,” said senior defensive tackle Dee Bennett.

Colon suffers from cerebral palsy.
“He’ll come out of the locker room smiling go back in smiling if you’re having a bad day he’ll cheer you up,” said senior center Dalton Johnson.

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