Wichita boy breaks national record in Paralympic-style contest

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A Wichita boy nabs big awards at the 2016 Angel City Games.

Grant Pierce, 11, traveled all the way to the sports competition in Los Angeles this weekend. Angel City Sports is a part of the leading Paralympic Sports movement. It creates opportunities for anyone with a physical disability, including Grant.

Grant was born with a rare vascular birth defect called Bockenheimer's syndrome, his mom, Kary Pierce said. His condition affects his entire left leg and lower back. About four years ago, he fell and broke his femur in the affected leg. Since then, Grant has had 18 surgeries. He moves around with the help of crutches or a wheelchair.

Despite living with Bockenheimer’s, Grant is always pushing to be his best. He placed fourth in the 100- and 200-meter and second in the 60-meter races. He won first in javelin, discus throw and shot put contest, where he broke the national record for kids in his division.

To top things off, he had an opportunity to meet actor Adam Sandler, who took pictures and autographed a copy of Happy Gilmore for Grant.

Kary said Grant hopes to compete in more contests this next year and possibly the Paralympic Games one day.