Swimathon raises funds
GYMPIE South State Primary School physical education teacher Sherene Moy has only just returned to work after suffering a dislocated knee.
Moy would be forgiven for wanting to take it easy for a while, but the popular teacher has other ideas.
Together with many of her eager pupils, Moy has been busy organising a 24-hour swimathon for next month.
The swimathon will raise money for Gympie South’s Talent ID Program – a special initiative by the school to help young sport stars achieve by providing support and financial assistance.
Four teams of students will be taking part in the swimathon, each taking turns in the pool for the marathon swim.
Moy, meanwhile, will be involved in a special adult’s team eager to show their younger counterparts a thing or two.
The South teacher, while keen to raise funds for the Talent ID Program, will be creating waves for a cause close to heart.
“I will be swimming to help raise funds for Gympie wheelchair basketballer, Steven Elliot,” she said.
“He’s just been selected in the Australian wheelchair basketball team and trips like that can be a financial burden, so I wanted to do what I can to help out.”
Moy is appealing to Gympie businesses and individuals to support her cause by providing her with sponsorship for each kilometre she is able to clock up in the pool.
“It would be great if we could get some sponsorship,” she said.
Elliott, now at James Nash State High School, benefited from the ID Talent Program during his primary school years at South.
The athlete’s future, though, took an unexpected turn in 2008 when he was diagnosed with a rare neurological syndrome – traverse myelitis (TM).
The condition involves inflammation of the spinal cord, and has since left Elliott confined to a wheelchair.
Rather than giving up on his sporting dream, Elliott emerged from a lengthy stay in hospital and threw all of his energy into wheelchair basketball.
It was not his chosen sport of rugby league, where the student had hopes of playing for the Devils, but he embraced his new sport with all his spirit.
Elliott has been a tremendous source of inspiration for teachers and students at James Nash and, in particular, his mother Carolyn.
Speaking to The Gympie Times last year when Elliott made Queensland squad selection for the Australian Youth Paralympic Games, Carolyn described her son as her own “source of inspiration”.
And now with Moy on board to help the aspiring wheelchair basketballer line up his next challenge, the future is beginning to look very bright.
“I’m determined despite my knee,” Moy said.
The swimathon will take place on March 12 and 13 and Moy can be contacted on 0149 681 679 for sponsorship.