FULL OF HEART: Kynan Davis, 10, of Goonellabah, is going to Tasmania to run in the School Sport Australia Championship.
FULL OF HEART: Kynan Davis, 10, of Goonellabah, is going to Tasmania to run in the School Sport Australia Championship. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Kynan’s latest dash, to Tassy

FOR a kid with a heart condition it's quite something that Kynan Davis was born to run.

At just 10 years old he has already mastered a rite of passage most older kids are still dreaming about: regularly beating his dad home in their nightly 2km runs.

Now the Lismore Heights Public School lad is getting ready for the run of his life; flying to Tasmania next week to compete in the national cross country championships.

Kynan has a chromosome disorder which has resulted in a heart condition known as a "clicky heart". The condition has also resulted in learning difficulties.

Despite, or perhaps because of these obstacles, he has an instinctive love of sport. "If I told him he had to stop, that would hurt him more than his heart would," mum Jodie said.

His progression to the national event included some phenomenal results: second in the Northern Rivers zone, first place in the regional meet and then second in the state. But Kynan is more than a runner; he also represents Lismore Heights Pub- lic in cricket, rugby and recently competed in the Timberjacks baseball tournament.

He is so looking forward to the Tassie trip he's drawn up his own countdown cal- endar and is crossing off the days until next Wednesday morning, when the flight leaves.

Kynan and his mum and dad will fly to Launceston two days ahead of the weekend's event to have a mini-holiday.

It will be his third plane flight and his first visit to the Apple Isle. Asked what he's looking forward to, he said two things: "The cross country and the penguins."

He has also received sponsorship from Lord's Taverners sports charity organisation which has donated $1000 to help fund the trip. Mrs Davis said she was at a loss to know where he got his running talent from.

"His poor dad comes home every night and Kynan's sitting on the veranda ready to go," she said.

"And when they get back Ky's fine and Matt's ready to die. It makes him happy, and as long as he's happy we're happy."



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