When Rhys watched his sister take part in her first sports day, he wanted nothing more than to join in. His limited mobility meant that he couldn’t run the race himself but dad Anthony had a great idea to help Rhys get involved.
Anthony said: “I couldnt disappoint Rhys after he had such a great afternoon and was getting excited about racing so I carried him to the starting line and when it was time to go we were off. I held my arms round him, kicking his legs forward as if he was running himself. He was absolutely hysterical with laughter all the way, people clapping and cheering him on, he was loving it! It was brilliant and both mum and I were mega chuffed that we did it.”
Rhys enjoyed the experience so much that Anthony was inspired to take on a new challenge.
“This is what has inspired me and my friend Kevin Davies to do something with him…not for him…by entering the Superhero Triathlon on the 19th of August in London. With Kevin completing a ‘Tough Mudder’ experience and me just being dad, we are going to take part in a 20k cycle, 5k run and 750metre swim. We are going to give Rhys an experience he has never had and will certainly remember. Hopefully inspiring hope and encourage more people to take part. We want to raise money for Cerebra who have supported Rhys with this opportunity and raise awareness for help and support for more SEN kids like Rhys.”
Rhys and Anthony will be using a boat designed by the Cerebra Innovation Centre. They tested it out ahead of race day in the swimming pool at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Carmarthen campus.
Anthony put together this lovely video of him and Rhys: