Aidan hard to keep down
AIDAN Dlugi is as energetic, friendly and inquisitive as any other five-yearold.
The young Success Primary School student is already a little celebrity among his peers and teachers, but despite his happy demeanour, everyday activities such as talking and walking are a challenge for the otherwise vivacious little boy.
Aidan has multiple chromosomal abnormalities, with mosaicism of four of his chromosomes, a combination which has never been seen and has no name but has led to global development delay, hearing impairments and leg muscle development issues, among other complications.
But Aidan’s mother Tamara Dlugi said despite the adversity he faced, nothing could bring Aidan’s spirit down.
“Aidan just keeps on going; he doesn’t let his condition stop him,” she said.
“Our nickname for him is ‘Aidanator the Investigator’ as he is very inquisitive of the world around him and he is fascinated with technology and buttons; if something has buttons, he won’t leave it alone until he can work out what it does.
“He is adventurous, cute, loving and caring and his smile really does light up a room.
“He gets everyone wrapped around his little fingers very quickly.”
Last month, Aidan was recognised for his spirited approach to life with a Lions Children of Courage Award, which acknowledges children who have shown bravery in the face of adversity.
He was one of seven young Cockburn children sponsored by the Lions Club of Jandakot Lakes for the 2019 event.
Mrs Dlugi said she was amazed at just how strong her little boy was.
“He had to wear a hip brace for two years, but he still found a way to play and interact with everyone,” she said.
“He has to wear a bone conduction aid, head band hearing aid, but he knows he has to wear it to hear so he wears it.
“He has difficulty walking but pushes himself to walk as far as he can.
“As his parents, we are very proud of him being recognised for being himself.
“We are proud of him for always progressing, always achieving more than everyone expects and for always being positive and happy.” A TROOP of Carey Baptist College students are putting the final touches on their moves as they prepare for an international cheerleading competition.
Forty-two students from the college’s Harrisdale campus are off to England to compete in next month’s Future Cheer Internationals competition before heading across the Channel for a performance at Disneyland Paris.
Carey cheerleading director Amy Taylor said the students had been preparing diligently for the competition, training three times a week before school and performing in smaller weekend events and showcases.
“The competition will be marked on a number of elements, the main four being building skills, tumbling skills, dance skills and overall impression,” she said.
“The team has trained and worked so hard to prepare for this occasion and we are hoping to place in the top 10 in both the junior and senior categories.
“I think with all the effort they have put in, if the routine goes well on the day, this is very likely.”
The Future Cheer Internationals competition runs from July 5 to 7.