Ath­lete tries wheel­chair bas­ket­ball

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By ABBY BROWN

Taine Mor­ris­sey is well known around Mata­mata for his suc­cess with swim­ming but he is also a cham­pion bas­ket­baller.

The Waikato Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball team, which Mor­ris­sey is a mem­ber of, won the Na­tional Ju­nior Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onships held at the Hal­berg Ju­nior Dis­abil­ity Games.

Mor­ris­sey said he was tired af­ter play­ing six games over three days.

While he was com­plet­ing high ropes cour­ses and learn­ing to sail at the Hal­berg Out­ward Bound Ac­ti­vate Phys­i­cal Dis­abil­ity Course in the Marl­bor­ough Sounds in Fe­bru­ary, the or­gan­is­ers also en­cour­aged him to en­ter the Games in two sports.

Mor­ris­sey, who has spina bi­fida, also won all four of the swim­ming races he en­tered at the games.

He said he wants to com­pete at the games again next year.

Mor­ris­sey uses a wheel­chair for cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.

He would fit the cri­te­ria to play wheel­chair bas­ket­ball for New Zealand at the Par­a­lympics, a dis­abil­ity ad­viser, Dave MacCal­man, said.

The 2015 Hal­berg Ju­nior Dis­abil­ity Games is a na­tional three­day sports com­pe­ti­tion for phys­i­cally dis­abled and vis­ually im­paired young peo­ple aged 8 to 21.

It was hosted for the first time by the Hal­berg Dis­abil­ity Sport Foun­da­tion this year. The games at­tracted teams from Auck­land, Bay of Plenty, Gis­borne, Can­ter­bury, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, North­land, Otago, South­land, Taranaki, Waikato and Welling­ton to St Peter’s School in Cam­bridge to com­pete against other young peo­ple with sim­i­lar im­pair­ments in more than 13 sports from April 10 to 12.

More than 100 ath­letes at the Hal­berg Ju­nior Dis­abil­ity Games com­peted in sports in­clud­ing am­bu­lant foot­ball, ath­let­ics, blind cricket, cy­cling, eques­trian, goal­ball, pow­er­chair foot­ball, row­ing and swim­ming.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Taine Mor­ris­sey, at the back wear­ing glasses, with the Waikato wheel­chair bas­ket­ball team with their tro­phy at the closing cer­e­mony of the Hal­berg Ju­nior Dis­abil­ity Games.

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