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Junior Sports Hotshot - Winner February 2017
Great courage is often described as ‘having a strong backbone’.
It’s the other way around for local teenager Jaide Gayle-Weiling – her backbone has shown her great courage.
The 16-year-old from Harrington Park had severe Scoliosis, with three curves in her spine which required major surgery.
Far from defeating her, she is now a member of the Australian Inline Speed Skating team and the latest recipient of Campbelltown Catholic Club’s monthly Sports Hotshot Award and a $500 prize.
In 2014, Jaide discovered a love for Inline Speed Skating – “basically like ice speed skating, but on wheels and outdoors” – and decided to race competitively, but everything changed when her spine condition was diagnosed and she faced extensive surgery. Two titanium rods and 18 screws were inserted against her spine, making it difficult to walk let alone race.
The prospect of never skating again was a real possibility.
But intense physiotherapy saw her on the road to recovery and, whilst painful and challenging, the brave Elderslie High School student managed to slowly return to training.
Jaide’s drive and passion was on full display just months later in November 2015 when she raced her first NSW State Championships and was named state champion winning all six events! The rest is history.
In March last year she represented Australia against New Zealand and she now has her sights set on one day competing in the World Championships.
Her bravery and determination has her loving family in awe.
Jaide is philopohical about her painful journey.
“It’s helped me get to where I am today,” she said. “Certainly it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing what I love.”
“Thank you so much Catholic Cub, for this opportunity, the $500 is going to help a lot with the trips we need to do and I am very grateful.”
The Club’s Sports Hot Shot award encourages young sportspeople to share their story online for the chance to win cash every month.
It’s simple for any talented young local sportspeople to enter. Visit www.kingofclubs.com.au and click on the ‘Sports Hot. Share your sporting story in 250 words (or less) about your junior ‘Sports Hot Shot’. Every month the Club will Award $500 for the best entry.
Stories don’t just have to be around sporting achievement. It could be about participation, overcoming personal adversity or you may have had your own ‘Steven Bradbury’ moment where you had an unexpected win against all the odds.
Entrants must live in Macarthur and the nominating parent must be a member of Campbelltown Catholic Club.
Sports Hot Shot must be 21 years of age or younger. Management’s decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. If you’re not already a member and want to take part in this program, you can join Campbelltown Catholic Club membership for as little as $8 per year.
Article and Photography By Jeff McGill