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Jul 22, 2014 7:33 PM by Katie Ferber, KSBY News

Triathlete trains in his Aquabullet ahead of SLO Triathlon

Joseph Cornelius, 20, has cerebral palsy, but that's not stopping him from competing in the 35th Annual San Luis Obispo Triathlon.

Tuesday, he was at Cal Poly training in his "Aquabullet." It was made by students in the mechanical engineering and kinesiology departments.

The project was part of a five year grant that's helping fund 50 similar projects for other athletes with special needs.

Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Professor, Jim Widmann, told KSBY News it's all part of the Cal Poly Learn By Doing approach. He said, "With a project like this, they (students) get that direct impact. They can see they're making a huge impact in the life of Joseph and his father and the joy that they bring and the ability and they can bring the ability to participate in something that they couldn't before."

The triathlon is Sunday, July 27. If you want to cheer on joseph, check out the swim portion at the SLO Swim Center near Sinsheimer Park. Joseph is competing with his father.

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