Manchester Essex eighth grader Brendan Driscoll is taking his track and field game to the next level.
Driscoll, 14, who was born without a lower left leg but wears a prosthesis that allows him to move just as any other average active kid would, has taken the youth para-athletic scene by storm in both track and field and triathlons.
Recently Driscoll received an official invitation from the US Olympic Committee National Teams manager to run in Saturday's Kansas Relays, which take place in Lawrence, Ks.
Driscoll will be competing in the 100 and 200m at the Kansas Relays, an event with a stacked field of amputee sprinters including several US and International record holders. Driscoll holds the US record times in the 100 and 200m for athletes under the age of 14 and will be the youngest competitor in the field this weekend.
From Kansas Driscoll, will then travel to the US Paralympic Track and Field Nationals in Indianapolis where the US Paralympic team will be chosen.
The Essex native's travels have been made possible through a 2012 Travel Grant from the Challenged Athlete Foundation, which has supported Driscoll with an annual grant for six years as he trained locally and nationally in track and field and triathlons.
Over the years Driscoll has been a huge fund raiser for the Challenged Athletes Foundation raising over $25,000 through various triathlons he has competed in over the last several years. He began racing competitively in 2007 at the age of nine and has competed in close to 20 triathlons, since he raised enough money for a prosthesis in 2006 Driscoll has turned his attention to raising money for others in the same situation as himself acquire the same prosthesis.
Information from a press release was used in this report.