Sportsmens Association pitches in
GYMPIE wheelchair basketballer Steven Elliott may have missed out on winning 2009 AWD Sports Star of the Year but he was still a winner in his own right on the night.
The Gympie and District Sportsmen’s Association presented Elliott, a James Nash State High School student, with a $500 cheque to help finance his latest achievement of making an Australian representative team.
The generous donation was inspired by Gympie South State Primary School teacher Sherene Moy, who is currently organizing a 24-hour swimathon for next month to raise money for the Gympie South Talent ID Program.
Moy, ignoring the pain of a recently dislocated knee to swim in the event, is appealing for sponsorship to help raise money to assist Elliott’s latest sporting journey.
Elliott, once a member of the Gympie South Talent ID Program, was surprised by the donation, impressing the audience with his upbeat attitude despite a trying couple of years.
The modest athlete spoke about first taking up basketball.
“I had never played basketball before (being in a wheelchair), so I just learnt as I went along,” he said.
“Eventually I grew to love it and I am continuing to play and trying to get better all the time.”
Elliott proved he had the skills of a comedian when asked about just how rough a game of wheelchair basketball can get.
“You aren’t trying if by the end of a game you haven’t been thrown from your wheelchair,” he said of the fierce battles that can take place on the basketball court.