Lucky’s dreams come true!

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Real Life -

Paral­ysed on her left side from birth with cere­bral palsy and di­ag­nosed with early on­set Parkin­son’s dis­ease at 12, Lakeisha Pat­ter­son has had any­thing but an easy life – just don’t tell her that!

The amaz­ing young swim­mer, nick­named “Lucky” Pat­ter­son, won two gold medals last week at the Com­mon­wealth Games and was ap­plauded by fans and com­men­ta­tors who fell in love with her in­domitable spirit and courage.

“I didn’t get here just through sheer luck. There’s been lots of hard work and sac­ri­fices to get to where I am, but I’ve al­ways been very lucky,” says Lakeisha, 19. “If there was a raf­fle at school, I usu­ally won it, and if a bird is ggoing g to drop on any­one, it’ll be me!”

She won the 50m and 100m freestyle sprint events, an ex­tra­or­di­nary achieve­ment af­ter years of hard work from “Lucky” who was also born with epilepsy.

“I’ve worked hard to defy the odds – you fall over, that just means you get right back up again,” she tells Woman’s Day, laugh­ing as she jokes that with her nick­name she “should prob­a­bly buy more Lotto tick­ets”.

The in­te­grated para-sport pro­gram for Gold Coast 2018 was the most ex­ten­sive in Com­mon­wealth Games his­tory, al­low­ing the team to com­pete along­side some of the world’s top sports stars.

“To be on the team with my he­roes, and amongst every­one from across the world in the ath­lete’s vil­lage – it’s a dream come true,” says Lakeisha.

“I al­ways knew my dis­abil­ity would be the mak­ing of me. I’ve only ever wanted to make my fam­ily and my coun­try proud. Right now I feel like the luck­i­est girl alive!”

Looks more like work and skill than luck!

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