Ath­let­ics helps Ol­lie in bat­tle with arthri­tis

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

A young ath­lete is break­ing records, de­spite a rare child­hood form of arthri­tis.

Oliver (Ol­lie) Mor­ton-Far­relly, a Year Nine Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent was di­ag­nosed with en­the­si­tis arthri­tis.

But Ol­lie is a fiercely com­pet­i­tive and de­ter­mined young man.

In the 2016-2017 athletic sea­son, which was his first Ol­lie broke five records and won five medals, in­clud­ing two golds, two sil­ver and bronze. But it’s been a rough road. A down­ward spi­ral in his health three years ago brought the sporty young man to a stand­still and lit­er­ally to his knees.

Mum He­lene Mor­ton says Ol­lie’s con­di­tion started as a tummy ache, which steadily grew into se­vere joint pains.

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