WATERVILLE – Tyler Burt really loves the game of squash
“I mean squash it connects me to everyone so,” Burt, a sophomore on the Colby men’s squash team, said.
But, it’s certainly been a challenge. Tyler suffered an in-utero stroke at birth which has weakened and affected his entire right side. He knew at a very young age things would be different.
“When I was 8-years-old a buddy of mine Carter Hooks we were playing basketball in my yard and I really couldn’t dribble with my right hand as opposed to Carter who could dribble with both hands and it didn’t look like he was having any trouble shooting and I couldn’t use my right arm that’s when I knew something was wrong,” Burt said.
But Burt hasn’t let his disability slow him down. Besides excelling in squash he also recently wrote a book, called “The First Twenty” about his journey, his battle and his will to survive.
“There’s some limitations that I just won’t be able to overcome but I was blessed with such a great family that they really consoled me and wrapped their arms around me they said listen you can fight all the setbacks and just keep going and it lead me here today,” Burt said.
Burt’s drive and fighting spirit is something that he prides himself on and hopes it will inspire others.
“You just have to keep a positive mindset through everything. And eventually it will rub off on other people I’m just really blessed to be in the position I’m in now with everything that’s happened and I’m excited for what’s to come,” he added.