Steven to write sport re­ports

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

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

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