By Nick Curcuru
---- — Essex’s Brendan Driscoll has had a busy summer competing in numerous International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation events all over the country.
Driscoll, a soon to be sophomore at Manchester Essex Regional High School who was born with a genetic anomaly in his lower left leg that caused it to be amputated at the knee at the age of five, has competed, and won medals in events in New Jersey, California, Oklahoma, Texas and Minnesota this summer. But he saved his best performance for last at the IWAS Jr. World Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico from August 6-14.
The Essex native competed for team USA against athletes from 15 countries in events such as swimming, archery, track and field, and the Super Spring Paratriathlon, which features a swim, bike ride and a run.
Driscoll was the only athlete at the IWAS Jr. World Championships to compete in every event and he prospered bringing home five medals for Team USA. In the pool he took home the bronze medal in the 100m backstroke and won silver in the 100m freestyle. On the track he won the bronze in the 200m and a silver in the 400m.
His best performance came in the Super Spring Paratriathlon where he was the top finisher, receiving his gold medal at the closing ceremonies.
Driscoll will turn his attention to training over the next couple of months as his next big race is the San Diego triathlon challenge in October.
Driscoll has built up quite a resume on the track and triathlon scene over the years bringing home several medals at national competitions. Last summer he was one of just four kids under the age of 15 to participate in the Paralympic trials.