Southern Lions Rugby Club in Success try best for Logan

Southern Lions president Mike Penhaligon, Logan Bayley (front), Giovanni Leituala and Jamie Dickson. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d442812
Southern Lions president Mike Penhaligon, Logan Bayley (front), Giovanni Leituala and Jamie Dickson. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d442812

SPORTING clubs around the country continually prove to be places of support, and a local rugby union club is no exception.

Beeliar resident Logan Bayley (13) has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), an aggressive degenerative muscle condition leading to an inability to walk, breathe and, ultimately, death.

Klair Bayley, Logan’s mum and Duchenne Foundation Australia’s (DFA) state executive director, said life expectancy for people with the condition is early to mid-20s, but some people are living into their 30s thanks to improved care and medical intervention.

“Logan can still walk a little bit,” she said.

“We were told by 10 (years of age) he wouldn’t be able to walk at all and he’s 13. We’re grateful for that.”

Like many youngsters, the Atwell College student loves to hang out with friends, listen to music and play video games.

He also spends time at the Southern Lions Rugby Club in Success where his uncle Mike Penhaligon is president.

On Sunday the club will host the third Logan Bayley Charity Shield, with an exhibition game between the seniors and the Silver Lions masters team to raise money.

Mr Penhaligon said football clubs were an easy place to find support. “We are a family club. We’ve got well over 450 juniors and about 150 seniors so there are a lot of families coming together to support a cause and I think we’ve been pretty successful,” he said.