Austin, 4, the face of February in the Our Kids Calendar
Austin, 4, the face of February in the Our Kids Calendar

Daredevil Austin goes hard

By RENEE REDMOND

AUSTIN Clark-Smith loves riding his bike fast, falling off and getting hurt.

The five-year-old started school at St Mary's in Casino this year and his mum, Sharla Clark-Smith, assures everyone that he's going really well.

Austin, pictured for the month of February in the 2005 Our Kids calendar, was born with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.

Mrs Clark-Smith said Austin's condition does not allow his body to produce two of the vital hormones the body needed to function.

"He takes three different types of medication several times a day and he's on high blood pressure tablets at the moment too," she said.

"It's a lifelong condition but as long as he takes his medication he will lead a normal life."

The family take a trip to Brisbane every three months for Austin's check-up.

They visit their Lismore doctor, Dr Chris Ingall at Lismore Base Hospital, four times a year.

Austin said he loved his baby sister Georgia and also loved going to school and riding his peewee 50 quad motorbike.

"I like going to school to play with my friends and I like my teacher, she's not a boy, she's a girl," he said.

"I love playing in the dirt and playing soccer.

"But most of all I like going fast, falling off and getting hurt on my motorbike."

Austin Clark-Smith is proudly sponsored by First Pacific Credit Union in Molesworth Street, Lismore.



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