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Amputee, 9, prepares to compete in triathlon

9:26 PM, Mar 3, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A local 9-year-old boy aims to compete in his fifth kids triathlon this May regardless of the fact that he's missing a portion of his left leg.

Tim Houston, of Jacksonville, had his left leg amputated from above the knee 21 days after he was born, but this has not stopped him from participating in more sports than most people who have both of their legs.

Last year, Houston started working with two physical therapy students at the University of North Florida. Cameron Johnson and David Eldridge trained Sunday with him on how to use new leg prostheses.

"We are able to implement what we have been learning in school and apply it on the track here, lot of good things, our motor control class, our orthopedic class, that play a key role out here in helping Tim out," Eldridge said.

Houston has built up his endurance enough to where he can run 3.1 miles, and hopes to run the 5K in the kids triathlon.

Physical therapy students are currently helping 12 physically challenged kids who will compete in the triathlon as part of the UNF's "Buddy Program".

"Inspirational, how can you not enjoy your son doing something he does so well, and makes you feel like anything in this world is achievable," said Jim Houston, Tim's father.

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