By Rebecca Peppiatt
The mother of a 17-year-old star basketballer with autism is doing all she can to ensure her son makes it to a national championship comp next year.
Jayden Hislop from Swan View has been playing the sport for five years with an all abilities team in Kalamunda.
The Kalamunda High School student showed natural talent for the game and since then has been selected twice to represent Western Australia at the Ivor Burge Basketball Championships.
But with the cost of attending the tournament exceeding $3000, Leah Pickering said it was almost out of her reach financially.
“The last time he went, we had to borrow money from family to get there,” she said.
“Now we’re looking at trying to fundraise as much as we can.”
Ms Pickering said she would do anything possible to get him to the tournament because the positive impact on him going last time was “massive”.
“The difference that I’ve seen in him, mentally, you just can’t put a price on it,” she said.
“Before, he would stay in his room and I would never really see him at all.
“Now he has matured so much and socially he’s learnt so much from being part of the team.”
Jayden plays basketball for West Rise as part of the Bendigo team.
Ten West Aussie all abilities basketballers will be selected for the championships that will take place in Queensland next April.
If you’d like to donate to Jayden’s Go Fund Me page, head to www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-send-our-team-to-the-championships?