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Luke David is RUNning for MELBOURNE

May 14, 2015

Disability Sport and Recreation (DSR) member, Luke David, is the newest recruit for Team Protect/DSR for this year’s Run Melbourne event.

Luke’s Run Melbourne race day will look like most people’s. He’ll get up, have a shower, some breakfast and hope that the taxi taking him to the start line isn’t late.

“I like my sleep, so I’ll probably be rushing in the morning, which is typical me,” he joked.

He’ll meet up with his mates who are also participating in the 10km run and once the event is over, will head straight out to Croydon for training.

“Sunday will be a pretty good effort, I’ll be tired by the end of the day,” he said.

At 23, Luke’s life revolves around his sports and his mates. He is the president of his club and wears the number 1 jersey on his rugby team. He also plays balloon football and hockey, and got his first wheelchair when he was three.

He has nemaline myopathy, a genetic condition which causes muscle weakness, especially those in his upper body, and the muscles used to control his breathing. But that doesn’t stop him from cramming as much sport as possible into his day.

“When I was 14, I went to a Muscular Dystrophy camp. There was an electric wheelchair hockey demonstration game, and I was hooked,” he said.

For Luke, participating in Run Melbourne is another way he can be part of the unique buzz that fills the air at major sporting events.

“I did my first fun run earlier in the year and really enjoyed it. I wanted to do another one, and Run Melbourne seemed like a good way to get involved and maybe raise a bit of money at the same time,” he said.

If you want to join Luke on Team Protect / DSR on race day, download the instructions and follow the link. Not in Melbourne but would still like to be involved? Simply join the Team through the Everyday Hero page.

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