Boy Beats Disability – level 3
Ismail Zulfic, a Bosnian six-year-old, who was born without arms and with foot deformity, has won a gold medal in disabled swimming. He is among 53 disabled children who practice at Sarajevo’s swimming club.
When Zulfic joined the club, he was a shy boy who was even scared to get close to the water, but only a year later, he is a proud bearer of a gold medal, and he is a team leader.
The club coach said that his aim is to give disabled children a chance because they will take it, even though their bodies are different. He also often takes the children to other non-pool events such as lunches, dinners and even skiing. The club also helps with the travel costs if a child’s family cannot afford them via donation, and the club is currently training for this year’s European Championship for Disabled Swimmers.
Difficult words: deformity (the state of being deformed – when your body is not in the correct shape), bearer (earning something), aim (a goal).
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