Young Guns | Know The Future

Wheelchair Sports Young Guns athletes Taitum Brown and Hayley Slocombe tell us what they know for certain in an uncertain world: their love and dedication for their sport, what they think the future holds, and how they’re preparing for it.

Taitum Brown 

With six years under his belt in wheelchair basketball, Taitum Brown is a Young Gun of the sport. The 18-year-old Penrith athlete plays for the Sydney Metro Blue Hornets in the National Wheelchair Basketball League, NSW Juniors, and he has represented Australia in the Kitakyushu Champions Cup. Thinking back, he recalls thinking that never in a million years would he get the ball anywhere near the hoop. But with a lot of commitment, drive, and a strict six-days a week training routine, he’s quickly become one of the state’s best players.

Looking toward the future, Taitum is gunning to represent his country at the highest level. His secret game plan to get there is ‘to train harder than you play’. He believes even though there’s no way to predict the future, preparation means you’re in the best position to go with the flow. Watch on to find out how Taitum’s preparing for his future.

Hayley Slocombe

Wheelchair Tennis athlete Hayley Slocombe knows a thing or two about chasing her passions. With 12 years of experience on the court, the 19-year-old player shares that when she started playing, she could barely fit her hand around a racket. Today, she competes professionally, competing throughout Australia and the world, and sees herself amongst the worlds’ top 40 players in the next 10 years.

Hayley shares how a positive mindset and supportive network can have a domino effect on achieving your goals. She is a regular mentor at the Wheelchair Sports NSW/ ACT junior camps and has recently taken on tennis coaching. She believes no matter how hard you try to predict the future; you never know what’s going to hit you. So how does she prepare for the unknown? When life gives you flat tyres, make sure you bring spare tyres! Watch on to find out how she knows her future, and the future of wheelchair sports.

At GIO, one of our most cherished partnerships is with Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT (WSNSW/ACT), who work hard to encourage and facilitate opportunities for people in wheelchairs who want to get active. Supporting wheelchair athletes at all levels, from grassroots teams to elite, we’re proud to be able to help WSNSW/ACT encourage strong community ties with resilience and respect. For more information on our partnerships visit our sponsorships page.


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