Each day, Hayden Sipple is determined. Determined to learn more about himself and his will to compete on the track. "He came out with a great work ethic, he tries hard, and he wants to push himself", said Anderson High School assistant track coach, Roderick Thompson.
Sipple began his track and field career in January. It was strange to him at first. You see, Hayden has been confined to a wheelchair since he was 5-years-old.
"I realized during 6th grade that things weren't going to change at all", said Sipple.
Five years prior to entering the 6th grade while living in South Carolina, Sipple was a passenger in an SUV which was involved in a major accident.
Hayden suffered seatbelt syndrome, which paralyzed him from the belly button down.
Back in January, while Hayden was working out in Anderson High School's weight room with the Trojans football team. Anderson assistant football coach, Daniel Hunter, who is also the Trojans track coach approached Hayden.
"Coach approached me and asked me if I want to join the track team", said Sipple.
I asked Hunter when did the light turn on for Sipple. Hunter said, "The day the light turned on was when I asked him to do it. He was looking at me, you know that I can't run. I told him, you know there's a wheelchair division".
Sipple has competed in five meets in the wheelchair division throwing the shotput and racing in the 100 and 400 meters. Hayden qualified to compete at the U.I.L. State Meet in the 100 and the 400.
At the end of the month, the Anderson Trojan junior will head to California to compete in a junior world qualifying meet.
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