Yesterday, local hero Jake Vella’s dream became a reality.
We first met Jake Vella 2 years ago, when his determination to stay active despite his condition touched the nation and even made international news.
Jake has ROHHAD; a condition that means no matter how much he exercises or diets, he keeps gaining weight. There are only around 75 known cases of ROHHAD around the world, but this hasn’t stopped Jake from keeping active. He is a triathlon athlete and is an inspiration to people all over the world.
This week, Jake’s number one dream became a reality
Two years ago, Jake expressed that his number one dream in life was to meet the Brownlee brothers. The Brownlees are twin brother triathletes who together hold a number of Olympic and World Championship titles. Unfortunately Jake cannot travel because of his condition, and because of this and the brothers’ busy schedule, the only meeting they could arrange was a Skype conversation. Until now.
The brothers flew to Malta to take part in the Super League triathlon, but made a pit stop to say hi to their new hero – Jake.
Jake met Jonny yesterday, and he will be meeting Alistair tonight. The young boy was visibly emotional when meeting Jonny and was almost speechless; but he was clearly very happy.
Alistair will be taking part in the Super League Triathlon over the weekend, and Jonny will be participating in a live Q&A on Facebook tonight!