16-year-old Sydneysider Trai can’t wait to take up the Krazy Kosci Klimb challenge. Here’s what he has to say about himself and the lead up to the big day:
My name is Trai. I live with my family of 7 in Sydney. I’m really sociable and love music. In my free time I like playing gaming consoles (Nintendo Switch), trainspotting, exploring new places around Sydney, and cruising. My dream is to be able to work in Transport NSW one day.
I am really looking forward to reaching the highest peak in Australia: Mt Kosciusko. My therapist Renee encouraged me to participate in the Krazy Kosci Klimb because she said it would set a good challenge for me. And I couldn’t agree more! What I also find rewarding is that the event raises a heap load of money to support other children like me with disabilities. I have asymmetric diplegic Cerebral Palsy, which mainly affects the lower limbs of the body, specifically the legs, hips and feet.
In preparation for the climb, I’ve been participating in race running sessions once a week and fortnightly gym sessions at Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Chloe, my race running coach inspires me to dig deep and keep going when the training gets tough. What also motivates me is having a great music playlist.
I have been supported by Cerebral Palsy Alliance since I was 16 months old and feel like part of the family. I have received physiotherapy from Sally, Eliza, Renee and Maree. Over the years, I have also had support from my exercise physiologist, Erika along with occupational therapy, plus I’ve done swimming programs, and psychology. The whole team are amazing including: Fairlie, Jess, Erika, Anna, Will, Matt, Sue, Lauren, Yuki and PK to name a few! I would like to thank each one of these people who have supported me so far.
“One message that I would send to people reading my story is: please support those living with cerebral palsy.” Trai