Sport

Tait may be our new Paralympic star

Tait Jenkins is a talented boccia player who has been earmarked for the 2016 paralympics. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Tait Jenkins is a talented boccia player who has been earmarked for the 2016 paralympics. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

PRODIGIOUS Tait Jenkins is proof that nothing can stand in the way of sporting success.

The 16-year-old talented boccia player has been earmarked for the highest levels of Paralympic sport - and could be set to earn national honours as well.

Despite only taking the sport up little over a year ago, Tait has been identified by the Australian Paralympic Committee as a candidate for the 2016 Rio Games.

Although he is wheelchair-bound and has a rare genetic muscular condition, Tait, who attends Lismore's Trinity Catholic College, is determined to enjoy his promising career in the sport.

"It is good to know that even though I have a disability, I am not held back in any way," he said.

I guess it shows you can make the best out of every situation and something good can come from something bad.

"I am really happy."

The Year 10 student has spinal muscular atrophy, a condition which causes severe muscle damage and weakness.

North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS) representative Tait discovered boccia, which is similar to bowls, after being invited to a training camp for disabled competitors about 14 months ago.He immediately impressed selectors with his skills in the sport, which sees participants earn points for getting their bowls close to the jack.

"I am not sure why I am good at it," he said.

"I was quite good at chess and maybe that has helped.

"It is quite a strategic sport and quite psychological, which I quite like.

"I am really happy I have got to the level so quickly."

Tait has received coaching and training help from NCAS and The Lord's Taverners, which helps support young people with sporting activities.

He has been included in the provisional NSW squad for the 2013 National titles and is also hoping to represent Australia in Asia Pacific Games next year.

The prospect of a place at the 2016 Games is also driving Tait on.

"It would be phenomenal to be in the Paralympics," he said.

"To come back with a medal would be amazing.

"It is just great that I have found a sport that is so friendly and competitive.

"I am really enjoying it."

Topics:  paralympics



"Eco-cretins" sabotage shark nets, risk swimmers' lives

A blacktip shark caught in a shark net at the end of last year.

Since 2015, there have been 22 shark attacks in New South Wales.

Best hotel in the world found in Cabarita

FIRST CLASS: Cabarita Beach's Halcyon House has taken out the top gong for best hotel in the world.

Halcyon House named best hotel.

Driver gets jail after pursuit ends in flames on the M1

YOU'RE FIRED: A car burns on Pacific Motorway at Wooyung after police deployed road spikes to end a pursuit that began at South Grafton.

Jail time for teen who led police on car chase.

Local Partners

50 Shades actress on why she hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

'I can't keep my mouth shut any longer'

Singer George Michael.

George Michael’s cousin blasts singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Sarah Harris: Here’s what Amber Sherlock should’ve done

Studio 10 and Shark Tank presenter Sarah Harris.

STUDIO 10 host says Sherlock could’ve avoided the subsequent uproar.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

Ocean views of Coolangatta

1405/3 McLean Street, Coolangatta

Check out this week's feature property.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Which Northern Rivers towns boomed in 2016?

BOOM TOWNS: While Ballina properties continued to attract top dollar in 2016, it was areas to the south that experienced price hikes, including Wardell, Evans Head and Woodburn.

Click on our map to find the median sale price in your town

Expansion plan pays off

Mark Stapleton, Sharon Styman and Peter Ross from Investrent Property Management are going from strength to strength after opening an office in Murwillumbah.

Murwillumbah move a winner for property management team

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!