Teen bound for a chal­lenge

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By TERESA HAT­TAN

Mata­mata’s Taine Mor­ris­sey, 16, has never let any­thing get in the way of hav­ing fun.

Taine has been nom­i­nated to take part in this month’s Hal­berg Out­ward Bound Ac­ti­vate Phys­i­cal Dis­abil­ity Course in the Marl­bor­ough Sounds and while he doesn’t know ex­actly what’s in store, he’s go­ing to give ev­ery­thing a go.

Taine has spina bi­fida but doesn’t let that af­fect his in­volve­ment with sport. He’s a tal­ented swim­mer and is cur­rently train­ing un­der Waikato high per­for­mance swim­ming coach Graeme Laing. He will be head­ing to Australia af­ter Out­ward Bound to swim in the New South Wales Open.

‘‘I’m go­ing over to get my in­ter­na­tional clas­si­fi­ca­tion and I’ll do a cou­ple of races while I’m over there.’’

In year 12 at Mata­mata Col­lege, Taine comes from a sport­ing fam­ily, which in­cludes grand­fa­ther Brian Mor­ris­sey, a for­mer All Black and Waikato rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

He said hav­ing his grand­fa­ther around and hear­ing about his sport­ing suc­cess gave him in­spi­ra­tion, es­pe­cially with his swim­ming.

Taine said he plans on learn­ing heaps at the course and in the past had thought at­tend­ing an Out­ward Bound course would be ‘‘pretty cool’’ and a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

The course is be­ing run from Fe­bru­ary 15-22 and is de­signed specif­i­cally for phys­i­cally dis­abled young peo­ple aged 16 to 21 years.

Funds to cover the cost of the course have come in the form of spon­sor­ship and the fam­ily has re­ceived great help from Hin­uera Te Poi Li­ons and Mata­mata Ki­wa­nis.

The course in­cludes early morn­ing wake-up calls, sail­ing and a high-rope course.

It will chal­lenge par­tic­i­pants men­tally and phys­i­cally, and aims to help them gain lead­er­ship skills while build­ing their con­fi­dence and self­aware­ness.

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

KEEN SPORTS­MAN: Mata­mata’s Taine Mor­ris­sey is tak­ing part in this month’s Hal­berg Out­ward Bound Ac­ti­vate Phys­i­cal Dis­abil­ity Course.

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