Daniel's gold run
PUBLISHED: 11:51 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:11 06 May 2010
A FIVE-year-old boy has won three gold medals at a national dwarf games. Daniel Allen, five, of Sweyns Mead, Stevenage, was born with the genetic condition achondroplasia which his mother Sharon said is a gene mutation which results in shorter limbs. As
A FIVE-year-old boy has won three gold medals at a national dwarf games.
Daniel Allen, five, of Sweyns Mead, Stevenage, was born with the genetic condition achondroplasia which his mother Sharon said is a gene mutation which results in shorter limbs.
As a result of this, Daniel will not have the chance to compete in sporting events at his school, Martins Wood Primary, but when his parents took him to the Dwarf Athletic Association's national open games in Birmingham he won the three medals in the children's section.
He retained his first place in the tennis ball throwing event, which he won last year, and added the first place he got in the frisbee throwing. He also finished joint first in the 10 metre dash.
Mrs Allen said: "The games have been set up for 13 years to allow for short stature people to compete. In his school Daniel isn't really able to compete and so we go to the games each year.
"This year was the first year that we managed to persuade him to do the run. I think he was a bit worried that he had to do a longer distance and he thought he had to run the distance that the adults ran.
"However, when we showed him it was only 10 metres he felt better about it and when he ran in the race he really enjoyed it. He had a big smile on his face.
"I was so thrilled and so was his sister Sophie, who is nearly three, who wanted to take part."
As a reward for finishing first in the three events, Daniel was presented with three gold medals and took his place on the podium. He will return to the events next year to defend his titles.