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ROCCO Tu­razza is a nor­mal a teenager – he is al­ways hun­gry, hangs out with his friends and wants to play footy.

Yet the 14-year-old has had an any­thing but typ­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence grow­ing up.

When Rocco was eight years old he suf­fered a stroke, which left him in hos­pi­tal for eight months, in­clud­ing two months in ICU.

Rocco said he did not re­ally re­mem­ber much of what hap­pened dur­ing that time.

“I do re­mem­ber for a pe­riod of time where I could not see very well and I could not talk,” he said.

“I had to learn how to talk again, how to walk; that took a long time but I got there in the end.”

He was also ar­ti­fi­cially fed un­til last year but can now en­joy eat­ing with his fam­ily.

The John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts stu­dent said he used to need an adult to walk him around at school.

“It was the hard­est hav­ing an adult around with me at all time,” he said.

“Now I can go to Freo and catch a bus with my friends.”

The Bea­cons­field res­i­dent said he never thought re­cov­ery would take this long.

“I never gave though,” he said.

“I have a goal. I want to play footy – at my school up peo­ple al­ways have a foot­ball with them and af­ter school they have matches. I might as well give it a try.”

As for ad­vice he would give any­one fac­ing a sim­i­lar si­t­u­a­tion, he said never give up.

Rocky Bay se­nior phys­io­ther­a­pist Zhao Teoh said Rocco had sur­prised ev­ery­one with his de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“First achiev­ing in­de­pen­dent walk­ing in­door and out­door, and most re­cently be­ing able to run,” he said.

“This has of course come with lots of hard work and sac­ri­fice, in­clud­ing at­tend­ing phys­io­ther­apy dur­ing school hol­i­days and of­ten many af­ter school ses­sions. OLIVIA Vi­vian in­spired young girls when she ap­peared on Aus­tralian Ninja War­rior this year and now she has turned her at­ten­tion to young peo­ple in re­mote and un­der-ser­viced com­mu­ni­ties.

The for­mer Olympic gym­nast is an am­bas­sador for Well­ness Walk­a­bout, a mass yoga class at Op­tus Sta­dium to raise money for Fair Game, a not-for-profit group pro­vid­ing health and fit­ness pro­grams and re­cy­cled sports equip­ment to re­mote and un­der-ser­viced com­mu­ni­ties in WA.

“Since the show (Ninja War­rior) came out, the re­sponse from par­ents and young girls has been great,” Vi­vian said.

“I want to in­spire young women and older women who are not con­fi­dent in them­selves to go out and give things like this a go.”

The Leaky Tap cafe owner said she prac­tised yoga as of­ten as she could.

“It’s some­thing where you shouldn’t wait un­til you feel like you need it. I do it dur­ing my warm-ups at least,” Vi­vian said.

Fair Game is aim­ing to at­tract 3000 peo­ple to the event so it be­comes the big­gest yoga class in Aus­tralia.

There will be four yoga teach­ers run­ning the class, in­clud­ing Fre­man­tle’s Shawn Tay­lor.

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