Superhero Harry Takes On Triathlon

8th August 2018

A boy with with special needs is taking on the Superhero Triathlon.

7 year old Harry, who goes to Mont a L’Abbe School, was born prematurely with a genetic condition that means he finds walking and communicating very difficult.

Last year he took part in the Children in Need Team Rickshaw Challenge – cycling three miles over a month and raising £3000.

Since then he has developed a love of swimming, cycling and running.

Dressed Batman he’ll compete alongside paralympians, Invictus Games athletes and others with disabilities at Dorney Lake in England on 18th August.

Harry has also been chosen to be in a relay celebrity team with paralympian Stephanie Slater.

Mum – and sidekick – Cirsty de Gruchy says he has been inspired by injured war verterans he has met while swimming at the Merton Hotel, where many of them stay on visits to the island with the Holidays for Heroes Jersey.

He is raising money for the charity.

“I don’t know what the future holds for Harry and he is developing more physical problems. Whilst he really wants to do all these things I really want to channel that so that the confidence that if he does deteriorate he still has the confidence to do all these things, and who knows where that will take him.”

“He literally wakes up everyday and is like ‘swimming mummy! cycling mummy! running mummy!’ and he really does absolutely love it. He is an incredibly active boy and it’s a case of trying to get him to slow down sometimes.” – Mum, Cirsty

Coverage of the Superhero Triathlon, hosted by Clare Balding, will be broadcast on Channel 4.

WATCH: Harry and his mum in training:

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