Locals help rider take next step
THOMAS Fulton is riding his way to success around Australia and is asking the community to get behind him on his journey.
The 15-year-old has been selected to represent Tasmania in the RDA (Riding for the Disabled) National Discipline Championships in Victoria next month and community groups are raising money to help get him there.
His mother Daniella says the fundraising is vital to help Thomas make the horse riding dressage championships at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre outside Melbourne.
“Our goal is $2000 per rider so we reached out to the community and Rotary have been very supportive as well as the Lions club and local members,” Mrs Fulton said.
The Rotary Club of the Derwent Valley has donated $200 towards his trip and club member Frank Pearce says it makes perfect sense.
“We like to support local people who are representing our part of the state at national or international events,” he said. “And this is perfect.”
Thomas was diagnosed with an XYY chromosome abnormality five years ago and Mrs Fulton said that riding was an ideal form of therapy for his condition.
“When Tom was 10, mainstream school was breaking down for us,” she said. “I was looking for something that took the pressure off him. With horses they don’t judge. So he was able to develop his confidence through the horse riding.”
Thomas had competed on the national stage before and was a former state champion in the dressage discipline, the same discipline he would tackle in the championships next month.
He said he enjoyed the sport and was looking forward to continuing with it.
“As long as there is something that I can keep going up so it gets harder,” he said.
People who wish to donate can contact Daniella Fulton on 6261 5666.