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No limits to young talent

Rugby league, athletics, snowboarding, soccer and surfing, 10-year-old amputee Tristan De Maria can do it all.

Excelling at any sport he touches, the Harrington Park Local Sports Star has been nominated for his sporting spirit, with his determination inspiring anyone around him.

In his first year playing rugby league for the Narellan Jets, Tristan has scored three tries with his teammates mobbing him every time.

“All my teammates were very excited, all came running in and jumping like with every try,” he said.

“My Dad was there and he told me ‘good job’.”

Rugby league isn’t the only sport he has achieved success, after he swept the Australian athletics titles at Homebush last year.


Tristan De Maria snowboarding on a family holiday.

Tristan is the current Australian record holder for not only the 200 metres, but also long jump and shot put for his abilities.

With a passion and talent for snowboarding, Mum Alejandra De Maria said she can definitely see Tristan one day donning the green and gold at the Paralympics for Australia.

“I can definitely see him excelling in any one of his sports,” she said. “I am sure there will be opportunities in athletics and snowboarding.”

“His determination always amazes me. He has never let the accident affect him in any way.”

Tristan is looking forward to boosting his try tally throughout the season, with his Narellan Jets team aiming for the grand final.

The Local Sports Star awards have five categories, including Local Sports Star individual, Local Sports Star team, Young Sporting Spirit Individual, Young Sporting Spirit Team and Service to Sport.

To nominate someone you know, visit localsportsstar.com.au