Lachlan Ivey (left) on the way to winning the seven years and under national title in kung fu.
Lachlan Ivey (left) on the way to winning the seven years and under national title in kung fu.

Ivey wins national Kung Fu title

BEING diagnosed with cystic fibrosis hasn't stopped Lachlan Ivey from winning a national gold medal in kung-fu.

Lachlan is the son of former Collegians and Warwick Cowboys rugby league player Kristen Ivey and his wife Claire, nee Nielsen, who won age championships for the Warwick Swimming Club and Warwick Hack and Pony Club.

The couple and children Lachlan, 8, and Isabella, 4, now live at Scarborough on the Redcliffe Peninsula where Lachlan is a student of Southern Cross Catholic College.

As a young boy he saw some karate on television and started doing the punches and kicks at home.

“Lachlan embraces the sport,” Claire said.

“It was what he wanted to do.”

He joined a club on the Gold Coast before changing to Chinese kung-fu when the family moved north of Brisbane.

Lachlan became a member of the Red Dragons Martial Arts Club.

“He just loves it and is always practising, even while we are out shopping,” Claire said.

Earlier this month Lachlan competed in the seven-years-and-under event in the nationals in Sydney, beating a field of 14 to win gold.

Lachlan has been selected to represent Australia in an international competition in the United States in July.

He is also state champion.

Claire said sport was beneficial to Lachlan.

“Cystic fibrosis is a chronic illness picked up at birth and affects the lungs and pancreas. It is more than likely he will need a lung transplant in his 20s unless he keeps his lungs healthy with sport and physiotherapy,” she said.

Kristen and Claire have been trained by staff at Royal Children's Hospital to administer the required physiotherapy twice a day.

At the age of five, he had three admissions to hospital but hasn't been admitted in the past three years. He has check-ups every six weeks.

“Lachlan is more energetic than anyone I know,” Claire said.

“He takes a lot of medication.”

Except for a bit of swimming and piano playing, his interest away from family and school is kung-fu.

He trains three to four times a week under coach Brett Fenton at Caboolture.

The 30-minute drive to training is nothing for parents wanting to give their little boy the best possible chance of furthering a sporting dream and improving his health at the same time.


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