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Limitations only exist if you let them

That is the mantra for one 12 year old boy from Auckland, Jaden Movold, Achilles Kids Ambassador and athlete.

Jaden was born with a range of medical conditions including spina bifida and gets around in a wheelchair. Despite having had more medical procedures than most adults experience in a lifetime, he lives life with an abundance of positivity, generosity and courage.

His determination means he doesn’t let the more than 23 operations keep him from running events, seeing him achieve much more than many do in a lifetime.

He is an athlete - as a competitive para-swimmer he’s one of the first to compete at the Auckland Intermediate School Zone Swim Champs this year, is the youngest member of the Auckland WheelStarz junior wheelchair basketball club and has completed 19 Weet-Bix Kiwi Kids Triathlons – becoming a Weet-Bix Kid and featuring on the cereal box. He is a disability ambassador, a Kapahaka performer and fundraiser for a number of charities who support kids with disabilities.

Jaden has been involved with Achilles since 2010, training fortnightly with the group and taking part in a number of events.

“I’m honoured to be the Achilles Kids Ambassador for New Zealand and hope to inspire and encourage other kids, whatever their ability or disability to get out in the community and be active,” he says.

As Achilles Kids Ambassador, Jaden has had the opportunity to be a young role model in the community when it comes to active living. This has provided speaking opportunities which have helped develop confidence, recognition and helped Jaden be a voice for those with disabilities.

Lance Walker, Cigna New Zealand’s CEO, says; “While Jaden may rely on a wheelchair to get around he has a competitive and athletic drive that rivals any young athlete.

“His passion to make a difference in the world, changing the way people view those with disabilities and challenging all young people to contribute positively to their community, is an amazing quality in someone so young.”

Earlier this year Jaden took part in the Cigna Kids Fun Run, organised by Athletics Wellington in partnership with Cigna New Zealand and Sport Wellington, taking delight at starting the races and competing in the 1km race. Jaden has also participated in both Cigna Round the Bays 2015 and 2016 events, and is looking forward to returning for the 19 February 2017 event.

Achilles New Zealand is the official charity of Cigna Round the Bays. Its mantra is to change lives daily by enabling people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events to promote personal achievement.

You can help Achilles achieve this goal by fundraising as part of your registration for Cigna Round the Bays 2017. Once set up your fundraising page is able to be shared with family and friends to receive online donations in support of you and your efforts for Achilles New Zealand. For more information visit Cigna Round the Bays/fundraisin