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Meet Sara Tait, our Housing and Homelessness Ambassador

 

Meet Sara Tait, our Housing and Homelessness Ambassador.

We are lucky to have Sara as our roving reporter, giving us an insight into the work of our local housing and homelessness service partners on the coast.

Hi, I’m Sara Tait.

I am 20 years old, originally from Sydney, however I have been living with my family on the Gold Coast since I was eight- years old. I was born with spina bifida, a condition that limits my mobility, and so my primary mode of transport is by wheelchair. I have always loved sport and being active. I took up wheelchair racing when I was young and represented Australia when I was 12-years old. I also played wheelchair basketball for many years before deciding to challenge myself in the sport of para-triathlon. For me, sport is not just a hobby but a passion. I am studying a Bachelor of Digital Media part-time at Griffith Uni on the Gold Coast. I have a twin sister Kristen, who is my best mate. Kristen also has the sporty genes and studies the same course as me at uni!

My journey to GC2018

GC2018 has been amazing and well worth the hard work to qualify. To be selected, my performances over the past 18 months were assessed, and I was required to demonstrate an ability to compete at the highest level and show continual improvement in my performance. I am very young for the sport - most of my competitors are much more seasoned than me. My wheelchair racing background held me in good stead for the run component of the triathlon, however I had never swum or hand cycled prior to three years ago and so this is still a work in progress!

To be selected to compete at GC2018 was a dream come true. This past week I have experienced an unparalleled level of support from the community through the Team Reception, the Baton Relay, the Opening Ceremony, and my actual event on Saturday where the crowd was deafening right across the course. I'm now relaxing in the Games Village and enjoying getting to mingle with athletes from other sports and cultures.

My role as Ambassador

My life has been privileged - I come from a stable, loving family. But having a disability was really hard work. I was bullied incessantly at school and often discriminated against. I suffered depression and anxiety. Once I found peace and acceptance within myself and my disability, I have strived to be a voice - not only for those who face physical challenges, but for anyone whose circumstances have led them to a less than fortunate position in life.

Being the Housing and Homelessness Ambassador for HPW gives me the opportunity to highlight that people's personal circumstances and experiences should not dictate how they must live in the future.

I hope to demonstrate that anyone can lift themselves to great heights despite their adversities.

Follow Sara on Instagram @sara_ashlee.tait or Facebook.



Last updated 10 April 2018    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


 

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