Epilepsy no barrier

February 23rd, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Epilepsy Foundation of America facebooked:

Michael Poole Professional Triathlete is pictured racing the legendary Craig Alexander in Auckland, NZ last month. Poole is a world-class triathlete and so much more…all while living with #epilepsy after being diagnosed in 2009. 

The 22-year-old is one of our awesome Athletes vs. Epilepsy spokespeople. Be sure to like his Facebook page and find out more about him on his fundraising page:

There’s info on Michael on his page:

Michael was born in 1991 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Growing up he played soccer and was a member of the under-12 national team. Through high school, he competed in running (winning national team titles in cross country and road running), cycling (winning national titles in road racing and time trialing; member of the national under-17 and under-19 road cycling teams), and triathlon (multiple-time high school champion in triathlon, duathon, and multi-sport events).

Since 2009, Michael has competed as a professional triathlete, moving to the U.S. in 2012. He now represents the country in one form of the sport. He has raced in over 20 U.S. cities and in 9 other countries. This year he was also second in the U.S. Collegiate Championships. At 22, he is often the youngest professional in the U.S. pro fields. Michael also loves cycle racing and holds an elite international license for that sport and will compete at state level in Florida. He currently studies full-time at the University of South Florida as a Chemical Engineering student.

In 2009, Michael was diagnosed with epilepsy. Living with epilepsy while also being involved Triathlon events is a big challenge. In addition to time spent on his studies Michael will train between 25 and 35 hours per week, involving up to six swims and normally five runs and five cycles. It involves a lot of discipline and dedication. He is medicated to prevent seizures and also takes a massive amount of care with his lifestyle and health.

Very inspiring, not letting your disability define you.

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8 Responses to “Epilepsy no barrier”

  1. iMP (2,247 comments) says:

    Julius Caesar had epilepsy, which was known in the ancient world as the “divine disease”. Fits were believed to be communication from the gods.

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  2. ChardonnayGuy (1,137 comments) says:

    Thanks, David. More role models for my A student wheelchair-bound nephew to emulate!

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  3. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    Strange these child prodigy’s seem to lose it somewhere around puberty and don’t go on to become world authorities in adulthood.

    This is why I’m so excited about Ronda Rousey. 4th dan black belt, 2 time Olympic judoka medalist, World champion judoka, 8 time winner of UFC womens division and named gretest female martial artist on the planet today.

    Today she is fighting at 4 pm NZ time against champion wrestler Sarah McMann. it isd believed if Rousey beats McMann she will go on to have an undefeated career in UFC.

    Personally, rousey is th emost exciting fighter to watch since Ali and Bruce Lee. She has been fighting since 11 and has th echarisma of both those greats. Her mother was also a world champion Judoka.

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  4. stephieboy (2,202 comments) says:

    Your a champ DPF.As with Charlotte Dawson you show Us how you are, as always ,attune to the needs and sufferings of those less fortunate than us.As you so rightly and memorably point out ,never allow a disability define who are.That’s the nub of it.!

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  5. slijmbal (1,216 comments) says:

    Here you go make a donation to help out those with Epilepsy in in NZ

    http://epilepsy.org.nz/

    http://epilepsy.org.nz/main.cfm?id=40

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  6. Dean Papa (743 comments) says:

    @wikiri -are you going to be giving us updates on the fight?

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  7. Anodos (110 comments) says:

    Guess with something like Epilepsy when it is manageable (and it varies for individuals) is that you can hide it away. Good on him for being open about it and being prepared to put time towards others. Nice.

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  8. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    “@wikiri -are you going to be giving us updates on the fight?”

    Not just a win to Rousey but an unbeleiveable time under 2 mins in first round against powerhouse McMann!!!

    I actually predicted Rousey would be taken to second wind for the first time in her career. That she would turn Mcmann upside down, fall on her and break a rib. Instead, Rousey found McManns liver and assaulted it to win.

    Now no one can call the arm bar queen a one trick pony

    Ronda Rousey is now the dread of womens UFC!

    Will Smith and his wife flew into the fight to especially meet Rousey.

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