If only Mumcould be here for this
SOMEWHERE up above, a proud mum must have been bursting with pride.
It’s a year and a-half since former Silver Fern netballer Tania Dalton was so cruelly taken from this world, at the age of 45, after collapsing from a brain aneurysm during a game of touch.
But her spirit undoubtedly lives on. How else can you explain the remarkable sporting feats in Auckland this week of 15-year-old Tayla, the oldest of the three Dalton children left behind to soldier on under the guidance of dad Duane.
Like her mother before, Tayla attends Carmel College on Auckland’s North Shore, and like her mother she is an extraordinary sporting talent.
Tayla has had a busy week to say the least, representing Carmel in both the upper North Island secondary schools netball tournament and in the zone 1 secondary schools regional premierships in basketball. She’s also a very good surf lifesaver.
Her preferred code is basketball, and on Friday she scored 116 points in two games.
Tayla is modest about her achievements – ‘‘I don’t really think about the points, I just play the game‘‘. But she does nothing in sport without her mother’s spiritual guidance.
‘‘I think about her a lot. She would be loving that we’ve kept going with our sport which is good.’’
Younger brothers Charlie, 12, and Matty, 9, are also promising young hoopsters, and already pledging to follow in big sister’s footsteps. ‘‘Matty said to me this morning, ‘Tayla I’m so jealous of you, I want to be playing basketball all week’. He’s a real up and comer.’’
It’s been a special week for a very special young woman.