When your legal name is Lucky, you hope life pays attention.
But sometimes it doesn’t and 12-year-old Lucky Britton can tell you that.
Luck failed him when he was 4 years old.
But this determined, young boy has taken things into his own hands and his success relies not one bit on chance.
If you were to walk into Lucky’s room, you’ll likely find him with controller in hand, battling the digital foes of a computer game.
Lucky will tell you, “I like it a lot.”
It’s a typical 12-year old’s room, until you glance up.
Hanging from posts and filling shelves are dozens of wrestling medals and trophies.
He pointed to one in particular and said, “Yeah, that was my first one so I like that one.”
His favorite trophies have bowls.
“I always thought about eating cereal out of them,” he said.
Lucky spends hours at wrestling practice, physically demanding workouts for Lucky and his teammates.
It’s a tough bunch; the coaches accept no excuses and offer no favors to anyone.
Not even lucky.
Lucky lost his leg in a fluke accident when he was 4 years old.
A riding lawn mower ran over the boy and amputated his leg.
Coach John Ledesma doesn’t see Lucky as being disabled.
In fact, just the opposite.
Lucky has the ability to beat anyone he steps on the mat with.
There’s no time to feel sorry for yourself in wrestling or in life.
Lucky started wrestling when he was 6 years old.
He found the prosthetic leg too heavy and now wrestles without it.
Lucky said he believes what some perceive to be a disadvantage can be an advantage.
“It’s harder for them to shoot on you,” he said. “You’re lower, a lot lower. It’s kind of easy to circle around and get to places faster.”
Lucky’s dad, Justin, introduced him to wrestling in hopes it would help with his balance.
It did and it also ignited his competitiveness.
Justin said, “He’s a determined kid and he does not like to lose.”
He said he’s just like any other kid.
“He’s normal,” Justin said. “He’s not any different than anyone else and that’s the way he wants to be perceived. Just as a normal kid.”
Justin said he admires one particular trait in his son.
“Just his determination,” he said. “The way he gets through everything. It’s inspiring.”