The Chev family was stunned and saddened by the news in April 2013 that Sam Tait (’09) had been seriously injured in a motorbike accident, leaving the 22 year-old a paraplegic.
Sam and his twin brother James (’09), being tall and with curly dark hair, were easily recognised around Chev during their years there, particularly among the sporting teams. Both excelled at soccer with James captaining the firsts and Sam as the leading goal scorer.
Sam’s accident led to a rally of support from the Southern Highlands community. An event held a couple of months after the accident in the Fr Glynn Hall at St Thomas Aquinas raised $50,000 followed by an exhibition and auction “Art For Sam” held at Bowral’s Milk Factory Gallery.
Sam’s great group of friends committed themselves to ensuring he participates in everything they do. He is snow skiing again using special equipment and tuition. His latest project is designing a house with adaptations for his disability at Renwick.
Inspired by the courage and optimism Sam was showing as he confronted the challenges of his traumatically altered life, another Chev past student Nick Preddey (’11) approached him about making a short film to tell his story.
Nick is studying media communications at the University of Wollongong and his 10 minute film beautifully portrays the spirit of Sam and the Tait family.