THREE years ago Aaron Rodgers could not run, but now he and three friends are running in a state competition.
Aaron suffers Perthes’ Disease and has “a dodgy kidney”.
Perthes’ Disease is a childhood disorder which affects the hip-joint and causes the bones to break down.
However, three years down the track, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Hines, Nathan Hines and Jerry Ovenden are running as fast as they can down the track.
The boys came second in the Nigel Bagley PP5 relay race in Dubbo recently and will compete in Sydney, representing small schools in the region at a state level.
The Nigel Bagley competition is held for schools from the public, independent and Catholic sector who have fewer than 56 students.
Aaron thinks the boys have a great shot at winning the competition, but Nathan and Matthew are a little less confident.
The boys do all their own training at lunch time and finished their relay in one minute and two seconds.
“We were nearly disqualified because I ran too fast for Aaron to catch me and I nearly ran over the line before he could hand me the baton,” Matthew said.
However, they promised there would not be any mistakes in Sydney.
“We’re going to run our hearts out,” Matthew said.