Steven to write sport reports
You walk away with a massive feeling of appreciation for life, when you meet someone like Steven Samuels.
Steven oozes positivity but it would be completely acceptable for him to have a grudge against the world.
The 16-year-old Matamata College student was diagnosed with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy when he was just four years old.
Duchene Muscular Dystrophy is a disability that affects the muscles causing them to grow weaker over time.
Up until Steven was four he was a playful, energetic, noisy little boy who loved doing things like playing on the trampoline with his cousins.
His dad Phillip had noticed Steven’s slow physical development and that he was falling over all the time. The diagnosis proved his concerns correct.
‘‘Many people would have found our situation quite intolerable but not my dad. He learnt that my life would have many obstacles and we would face the challenges as they arose.’’
A family trip to Rarotonga a few years later cemented the diagnosis. Steven found it increasingly difficult to walk and was exhausted all the time.
When Steven and his family arrived home, they started looking at wheelchairs. ‘‘At first I refused to have a wheelchair because I wondered what the other kids might think and say,’’ Steven said.
‘‘I then realised that I really needed to have one.’’
Steven is the newest addition to the Matamata Chronicle editorial team.
As part of the Gateway programme at Matamata College, Steven will be pursuing a career in sports reporting.
He will be writing a fortnightly sports column which he hopes will provoke debate and discussion among members of the Matamata community.
Steven uses a computer program called Dragon Speak which takes his words through a microphone and puts them into a word document.
Steven is a sports nut and could easily be classed as an expert.
‘‘I love My Sky. My dad and I watch the rugby together. If it’s an early morning game he will come in and wake me up.’’ His carer