Para-alpine skier Sam Tait had the strong support of the shire when he competed at the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang in March.
Now he is giving back and saying thank you for all of the support.
Tait visited his former primary school, St Thomas Aquinas, in Bowral, recently to meet the students and speak about his experience at the Paralympic Games.
“I had received some letters from year three telling me how they have learned about me and what I was doing over in South Korea,” he said.
I wanted to go see everyone and say a huge thank you for the support.Sam Tait
“I wanted to go see everyone and say a huge thank you for the support.”
Tait spoke about the motorcycle accident which left him living with paraplegia, where he was riding and what competing at the Paralympic Games was like.
He said he hoped his story motivated the students to achieve their own goals.
“I wanted to get across the message that nothing is out of reach no matter what situation you are in, if you stay positive and keep looking ahead you can achieve anything,” he said.
“They asked questions like, "What does it feel like to be a paraplegic?", "Do you want to walk again?", "Would you get back on a motorbike?".
“I love talking to primary school kids as they ask the hard questions no one else does.”
Tait said it felt amazing to have the support of students and teachers from his former primary school.
“Knowing that the kids where actually interested in what I am doing gives it a little more purpose and motivates me more to win gold medal for them and the school,” he said.
Tait is currently back in the gym working on his strength and cardio.
He will go to Perisher in June to commence snow training.
This will be followed by a trip overseas in November to train for the World Championships in Switzerland, which will be held in March 2019.