First place finish for Jasper Road student with Muscular Dystrophy at athletics carnival

Winners are grinners: Jaxon Taylor met, Jayme Richardson, an Australian Paralympian after coming first in two races.

Winners are grinners: Jaxon Taylor met, Jayme Richardson, an Australian Paralympian after coming first in two races.

Jasper Road Public School student Jaxon Taylor couldn’t wipe the smile off his face at Sydney Olympic Park last week after he came first in two of his races at an annual athletics carnival run by disability service provider Northcott.

Jaxon, who lives with muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair for mobility, was also able to meet Australian Paralympic hero and former Jayme Richardson at the carnival.

“Carnivals like this are great because they give kids the opportunity to compete on a level playing field with others,” Jaxon’s dad Leon Taylor said.

“It’s also a chance for them to enjoy themselves and access the same opportunities as other kids.”

Northcott’s Camps and Events coordinator Ben Knight thanked community members for the generosity and donations that help fund the carnivals.

“We receive no government funding to run these carnivals each year and without the support of the community it would be very hard to offer children and parents opportunities like this,” he said.

“Northcott believes every child should be able to take part in activities like their school athletics or swimming carnivals, whether they were born with a disability or not.

“That’s why these carnivals are so important because they give kids with disabilities the chance to play or compete with others on a level playing field.”

Northcott is a not-for-profit disability service provider which supports more than 13,000 children and adults living with disabilities, their families and carers across NSW and the ACT.

To help Northcott fund more carnivals for children with disabilities visitwww.northcott.com.au/donate

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