Meet Milla Bizzotto: The 9 year old acing Navy SEAL obstacle courses
Inspiration for the iPad generation.
That's the motto for Milla Bizzotto, a real life superhero who's acing obstacle courses designed by Navy SEALs.
At the age of nine years old, Bizzotto has just become the youngest competitor in the 24-hour BattleFrog BFX24, an obstacle course designed by the U.S. Navy.
She ran, climbed, jumped, crawled and swam her way through a course filled with 25 obstacles, including an eight-kilometre swim, a rope climb, a barbed wire crawl, and climbing a 3.6-metre wall.
But what made a fourth grader from Florida take on this mountainous challenge? She was being bullied at school.
"People would call me names and say I wasn't a good player," she told the Miami Herald.
"I didn't want anyone else to go through what I did. I want to set an example and show other kids that they can do or be anything they want."
So Bizzotto put herself to work with the type of training regime to make most people's eyes water. Aided by her father and gym owner Christian Bizzotto, she worked five days a week, three hours at a time for over six months to get in shape for the BattleFrog race.
Remember, she is only nine years old.
After completing the race, she says she want to lead a positive movement to inspire other young people to go out and challenge themselves.
The 9-year-old's next goal is to raise money to The Athlete Race, which she is crowdfunding here.
As for the bullies, her father put it best, "I think the bullying thing has died down without her having to take physical action just because her outlook is so much different now that she knows how to defend herself."
You said it Christian. Now we're off to feel rather inadequate for the rest of the day...