I would like to introduce you all to Cassandra Reardon.
Cassandra had joined our parkrun back on the 13th January this year after her friend had brought her along. Cassandra has cerebral palsy and is also a proud mother of a 4-year-old daughter.
When Cassandra started parkrun back in January, she completed it in 1:07:20 and has since completed 21 parkruns. Cassandra has gone from turning up, to just finishing, and she now is working on finishing a little faster – depending on the week. She has now achieved a PB three weeks in a row for a total improvement of 5:57 in three weeks people.
She has told me personally that since she joined parkrun she has met so many supportive Rooty Hill parkrunners and if she’s smiling she hopes it helps others. She has now challenged her work colleagues to turn up next week.
At Rooty Hill parkrun we’ve have had many parkrunners from our Deaf community, blind parkrunners, an amputee and now Cerebral palsy. It just shows you no matter what disability you have, you can achieve anything and the team at Rooty Hill parkrun are always happy to support and help you all the way.
I am extremely happy when I see Cassandra each and every week. She never complains and is always seen smiling.
Cassandra, you are one truly inspiring young lady, keep smiling and keep parkrunning. We love having you there each and every week.
Rooty Hill parkrun Event Director
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