‘Disabled’ pupil selected for U13 Duikers

2016-11-24 06:02
PHOTO: supplied Tristin Parsons (right) has been chosen to play in the U13 KZN Duikers team.

PHOTO: supplied Tristin Parsons (right) has been chosen to play in the U13 KZN Duikers team.

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MARGATE’S, Tristin Parsons (11), born with a defect on his one hand, was recently selected for the U13 KZN Duikers team, which received a bronze medal in the inter-provincial rugby tournament earlier this month in Kempton Park.

“I was shocked that I made the team because trials were tough. I feel very privileged,” said Tristin.

The strong and determined Suid-Natal Primary School pupil was born with Symbrachydactyly - a congenital disorder of the hand, leaving him with some fingers missing on his left hand.

His mother Lindie said she has never stopped Tristin from achieving his goals because of his disability.

“Do not hold your child back no matter what life deals them. Give him or her every opportunity to succeed.”

It has not been an easy road for Tristin, however. He was selected for the Southern KZN U12 Rugby team, but was injured.

Although Tristin’s spirits were low, his parents were all the motivation he needed to get back into the game.

They sent him on the Investec International Rugby Academy’s intermediate course to learn from some South African rugby icons at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg in July.

There Tristin learnt from former Springboks Braam van Straaten, Ian MacDonald, Marius Hurter, Brent Russell, former Bath Rugby player Hentie Maartens, provincial players Ryno Combrinck, Nico Breedt, Wayne Munn, and Greg Miller; and Sharks U19 head coach, Paul Anthony.

“We hoped that course would awaken his fighting spirit, and it did just that,” said Lindie.

Shortly after his time at the academy, Tristin was back in action trying out for the KZN Duikers­mindset team.

Since then Tristin has seen his disorder as merely a challenge he is driven to overcome.

His mindset is what has led him to try almost every sport – karate, cricket, soccer, athletics and swimming.

His advice to youngsters who feel they can’t be successful because of their disability is: “Never give up, and give your best all the way.”

The Investec International Rugby Academy’s players’ and coaches courses will take place from 10 to 16 December
at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg. Visit www.investec academy.com or contact Bernadine on 031 940 5565 or email bernad ine@investecacademy.com

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