EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Julian Brent is not your typical athlete; the Lufkin 6-year-old has cerebral palsy, but that is not stopping her from training for a triathlon coming up this weekend.
Brent's family said it has taken a lot of hard work, and their daughter does not give up easily. Looking ahead at Saturday's race, Brent's family said they're expecting more than for her to just finish: they are ready for her to win.
"Everyone is going to be out there cheering and doing awesome things," Julian Brent said.
Cheering on the fearless six-year-old who will not let cerebral palsy slow here down. Julian's mom, Thayleigh Brent, is a triathlete herself and said it is going to be a special moment watching her daughter compete.
"A year ago Julian had surgery that forced her to learn how to sit and stand and walk all over again and this is a real accomplishment to show how far she's come," Thayleigh Brent said.
One of the race doctors says she was moved when Julian showed up for a practice race last month.
"Just to me so inspiring, motivating for all of us look at little Julian exercising like all of us should be," Dr. Allison Tobola of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances said.
An inspiration that Julian's father hopes will spread to other young athletes.
"It's about the competition within yourself and doing the best you can, I think this will continue to grow," Daniel Brent said.
But what happens at the finish line is on Julian's mind right now.
"I'm a little freaked-out that I might lose or I might win, nobody knows," Julian Brent said.
Thayleigh Brent said even with all the surgeries, therapy, and challenges, her daughter and her family is still strong.
"This is just our life," Thayleigh Brent said, "This is her life."
Julian's race starts just after 9 o'clock Saturday morning at Lake Tyler. She will race alongside her brother and sister. For more information about the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose City Triathlon or to register, click here.