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Thalia triumphs at swimming carnivalvideo

Fighter: Thalia Standley with her dogs, Simba and Shadow. She was attacked by a dog in August 2015. Picture: Marina NeilTHALIA Standley, who losther lower right arm in a dog attack, has received an overwhelming show of support as she took to the pool in herfirst primary swimming carnival.
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Thalia, 8,has been captured swimming theentire length of the 50 metre pool at Speers Point SwimCentre on Wednesday, as her school cheered‘Let’s go Thalia, let’s go’ for the entire race.

Her mother, Sally Standley,posted the video on Facebookwith the caption; “Not a dry eye at the pool. Thalia’s first swimming carnival. Amazing little girl.”

“She’s just the kind of kid who will try everything herself before she would ask for help,” Mrs Standley said.

“Getting her back to a new kind of normal as quickly as possible has helped her and our family cope as best we can.”

Valentine Public principal Rick Budden described Thalia as brave and determined.

“Allthe kids and parents were cheering and as she got out of the poolshe had a great big smile on her face for achieving something new,” he said.

“A lot of people are very moved by her courage and commitment.”

Thalia competed against her peers in the under-9 category. She was first place in the special needs category.

Mrs Standley’s video has already been watched 593,000 times, beenshared morethan 4417times and has attracted more than 15,668likes.

“Just shows again how awesome this legend is.. goosebumps n tears. Go Thalia go!!!” Tracy Wood wrote.

“Absolutely wonderful Thalia, you have so many friends and teachers and your gorgeous family supporting you…… One amazing little girl a true champion,” Cathy Allan wrote.

Thalia was attacked on August 29 last year byanAlaskan malamutein a Valentine backyard.Shewill require a new prosthesis every year until she stops growing.

Tickets to aFebruary 27 benefit gala in her honour have sold out, but donations can still be madeonline.

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