By Erin Handley
One local girl is combating perceptions about cerebral palsy after competing in the state-wide para-athletics.
Twelve-year-old Tamworth Public School student Emily Madirazza competed in the PSSA para-athletics last week excelling in the shot put and discus events.
The only para-athlete to represent the North West, Emily took out sixth place in discus and shot put and placed 11th in the 100m and 200m running events.
She wears a brace on one leg to support the weaker side of her body while she competes.
Emily’s teacher encouraged her to enter the para-athletics competition after watching her run in the 100m at a school event.
The suggestion opened up new possibilities for Emily, who had not been previously aware of para-athletic competitions.
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