By ROBYN BRISTOW
An “amazing spirit and attitude” has seen a tiny little four-year-old motocross rider defy an illness and clean up the introductory class in the Christchurch TT series.
Elise Power, who lives near Sefton has a “cystic fibrosis-type illness” which has seen her have nine weeks on IV antibiotics and spend 35 days in hospital since August last year.
But it has not stopped the plucky four-year-old from riding “every day” possible at home and squaring off against some stern opposition.
Her achievement in winning the series was even better than her dad, Scott, who could only manage runner up.
Mum Danielle says at times she wants to “cover her eyes” when her daughter, a “pretty cool” kid pours on the power.
“She is a real character and she loves it and lives for it,” says Danielle.
And even though it is a tough sport Danielle says it is good for Elise as the bumpy nature of the courses “loosens the junk in her chest” allowing her to cough and move it.
“She loves it that much and it is kind of good for her condition,” says Danielle.
Elise’s love of life and the way in which she handles all her medical treatments helps mum and dad and her siblings, cope with Elise’s illness.
“Her amazing attitude and spirit makes things so much easier,” says Danielle.
“It’s a bit challenging for us, but it is so much easier because she takes all medical stuff so well and doesn’t cry through needles.
“Even when she has to have a UV put into a vein in her arm all the way up close to her heart,” says Danielle.
“She is living life to the full and is really tough,”
And dad has no fear when it comes to letting his daughter test her skills, letting her loose in flooded paddocks in recent times providing Elise with a watery playground that she and her little bike revelled in.
“She is a real character and loves what she is doing,” says Danielle.