Tuesday 20 February 2018

'He doesn't let anything hold him back' - Dublin boy plans to lead Ireland out without use of his wheelchair

James Casserly and his trainer Mark Lacey completing the 2-16 Dublin marathon (Image: Sportsfile)
James Casserly and his trainer Mark Lacey completing the 2-16 Dublin marathon (Image: Sportsfile)
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

An inspirational Dublin boy who suffers from cerebral palsy and juvenile arthritis will lead Ireland out tonight in the Aviva and is determined not to use his wheelchair to do so.

James Casserly (11) from Lucan led the team out previously in his wheelchair but this time plans to use his walking frame as they line out against Iceland.

The youngster, who has also completed the Dublin marathon, is a big sports fan and has been playing frame football with Esker Celtic for a number of months.

"He's thrilled to have the chance to walk out with his frame because that's how he plays," his proud mum Vicky said.

"He is very strong minded and the one thing that hasn't changed since he got sick is his drive to be involved in sport," she added.

"He certainly doesn't let anything hold him back, I've learned that over the years."

James has previously fundraised for Barretstown which he was inspired to do because he enjoys spending time at their facility.

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