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Emily Ready and Able

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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