‘Superhero’ Abbie set to take on sporting challenge

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Determined Abbie Breakwell is set to become a superhero when she takes on a sporting challenge this summer.

Abbie from Long Eaton, has a muscle-wasting disease and a spinal cord syrinx that affects her spine and legs so uses a wheelchair part-time.

This August she is taking on the debut event in the Superhero Series – the UK’s only sports series dedicated to the ‘Everyday Superhero’ – the UK’s 12 million people with disabilities and long-term injuries.

But she won’t be facing the challenge alone, she will be teaming up with her trusty sidekicks, dad Dave, sister Kate and friend Eleanor to create a daring Derbyshire team.

The first event, Superhero Tri at Dorney Lake on August 19, invites people with all kinds of disabilities to fly solo or unite with family and friends to take on unique triathlon challenges with as much or as little time and support as they need.

Abbie, 14, will be joining over 1,800 superheroes who have already signed up for the event, as well as a whole host of paralympians and TV personalities.

Abbie said: “I love a challenge and I want to be like everyone else for the day. I also hope to inspire others with disabilities, as we can do anything we put our minds to!”

Abbie and her sidekicks will be competing in the Full Superhero Tri, a 750m open-water swim, 20k bike, and a glory 5k push/run home.

And she has already been training ready for the contest.

To find out more about Superhero Series visit www.superheroseries.co.uk and @superherotri on Twitter.