Not just a level playing field

Not just a level playing field

ABC.net.au | January 24, 2011 | By Tristram Peters

As any of my friends would tell you, I’m addicted to sports. From the spectacle that is the All Blacks performing the haka – a sight I admire even as an ardent Wallabies supporter – to the fervour that erupts each time the Football World Cup comes around, I love it all. Well, except for golf, but that’s beside the point.

It started at a young age with me. I’m told by my dad that I watched the ’91 Rugby World Cup with him when I was one year old. I may have been more interested in sleeping and eating at the time, but I figure that’s where it all began. At a very young age, I had decided that I wanted to play sport for a career – be it rugby union, league, AFL, or football.

But my dreams were dashed by a form of muscular dystrophy; a wonderfully titled condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2. Essentially, my muscles were slowly becoming weaker, so weak that I was soon confined to an electric wheelchair.

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