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Aboriginal teen who wants to represent Australia at the Paralympics after losing his limbs – Daily Mail

Thursday, 28 February, 2019

Aboriginal teen who wants to represent Australia at the Paralympics after losing his limbs – Daily Mail

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Keanu Calyon, 19, was a baby when he lost his right arm and parts of his left hand and both feet to chicken pox, but it has never stopped him from achieving his Paralympic dreams.

A complication when he contracted the disease at the age of three meant he had to be airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth, where he had the extremities removed.

Growing up with a disability in the remote Western Australian community of Mulan, which has a population of 114 people, didn't stop Keanu from playing football or his favourite running games with his friends.

In 2015, former Australian Paralympic basketballers Kathleen O'Kelly-Kennedy and Brad Ness noticed his potential when he got onto a running track for the first time.

'When he ran for the first time he wasn't far off the qualifying time [for the Paralympics],' Ms O'Kelly-Kennedy said.

The paralympians taught Keanu the best way to race is to picture a killer at the end of the track.

The Red Dust Heelers, a community program in the National Wheelchair Basketball League, found out about Keanu after a social worker within the community emailed them, asking how they could help him get to the Paralympics.

Read more at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6745429/Aboriginal-teen-wants-represent-Australia-Paralympics-losing-limbs.html

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