Fight­ing fit

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE -

SHELBY Miller is set to rep­re­sent the state in karate. But the Ashby 11-yearold once had a dy­ing bone in her foot.

A COU­PLE of years af­ter find­ing out she had a dy­ing bone in her foot, Shelby Miller (11) is fight­ing fit and pre­par­ing to rep­re­sent WA in karate.

The Ashby girl was di­ag­nosed with a rare con­di­tion, os­teo­con­dri­tis, in early 2016 af­ter hav­ing a sus­pected bro­ken toe.

“They found out over the next few weeks and a few X-rays and MRIs later, she ac­tu­ally had a dy­ing bone in her left foot,” her mother An­nMa­ree said.

“She was a unique case as no one as young as Shelby had this con­di­tion.

“She was dev­as­tated as she had to go in a moon boot for six months and the first three months with no weight bear­ing at all.”

Mrs Miller said her daugh­ter re­ceived good news in mid-2016 that her foot had re­gen­er­ated and there was no need for surgery.

She re­turned to train­ing, then broke dif­fer­ent toes on the same foot and ended up in a moon boot again for an­other three months.

Shelby said it felt re­ally “weird” not do­ing karate train­ing for those 12 months and she was a lit­tle rusty when she went back to it, but still felt re­ally good be­ing back in a dojo, or class­room.

De­spite the set­backs, the Wan­neroo Pri­mary School stu­dent re­cently qual­i­fied for the state karate team and will take part in the Aus­tralian Karate Fed­er­a­tion’s Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Queens­land in Au­gust.

Shelby, who started do­ing karate when she was five, said when she grew up she hoped to be­come a teacher by day and sen­sei by night.

“It’s al­ways been a dream – be­com­ing a ninja, creep­ing through the dark. I started karate be­cause I wanted to have courage and learn self-de­fence,” she said.

“It builds self-es­teem and if you are get­ting bul­lied and some­one goes to punch you, you know what to do; you can de­fend your­self.”

Lucy Jarvis

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d483344

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483344

Shelby Miller is pre­par­ing to com­pete for WA.

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