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  • QUT student Tristin Condon will use his "walking sticks" in the Bridge to Brisbane fun run to raise $20,000 for Variety - the Children's Charity.

Tristin prepares for Bridge to Brisbane ‘battle’

19 July 2012

Tristin Condon's motto is: if you fall, get up again.

The 31-year-old from Sunnybank who has cerebral palsy is going to put that philosophy to the test when he takes part in the Bridge to Brisbane on September 2.

While thousands of people will run or walk, Mr Condon will use his "walking sticks" to complete the 5km fun run in what could be his last opportunity to cross the finish line on foot.

"There's a high probability I might fall over on the way but that doesn't bother me," he said.

"If you can win the mental battle, you can win the physical battle as well."

The QUT Bachelor of Business graduate, who is studying a postgraduate degree in law, has three herniated discs in his neck and suffers nerve damage that has affected his ability to walk.

"I couldn't walk for a month or leave the house for three months at the beginning of the year," Mr Condon said.

"I had to contemplate selling my car and moving into a wheelchair fulltime.

"Specialists aren't sure if I'll recover. I have to do something now because I might not get an opportunity later."

Mr Condon is raising $20,000 for Variety - the Children's Charity, a national not-for-profit group that assists young people who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs.

He received a grant for a laptop from Variety when he was in high school, which Mr Condon said had had a big impact on his education.

"I know first-hand about Variety's positive impact and how it empowers people," he said.

"I want to enable more kids to have the same opportunities to pursue whatever their interests are."

Mr Condon, who is interested in working in international law or community legal services, is used to defying expectations.

When he was born, his parents were told he wouldn't be able to walk, talk or live past his teenage years.

Mr Condon uses a pair of two-metre wooden sticks, designed by his grandfather, to walk and has coached under-19 open second grade rugby and women's teams in Albion and Sunnybank for 12 seasons.

Last year, he completed the Bridge to Brisbane with a torn rotator cuff in one hour and 44 minutes.

"Going against conventional thinking takes a lot of strength," he said.

"I just want people to become aware that if you are going through challenges to focus on being resilient and keep getting back up.

"We might fall down but to keep getting back up is what it's all about."

Online donations can be made on the Everyday Hero Australia website: www.everydayhero.com.au/tristincondon

Media contact: Stephanie Harrington, QUT media officer, 3138 1150, stephanie.harrington@qut.edu.au