Athlete tries wheelchair basketball
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.
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.