Siblings set to try

Ready: Tamia and Jayden Kopp have signed up for Mounties Try Time program. The Kopp family is grateful for the Luke Priddis Foundation which has helped them cope with having kids on the autism spectrum. Picture: Simon Bennett
Ready: Tamia and Jayden Kopp have signed up for Mounties Try Time program. The Kopp family is grateful for the Luke Priddis Foundation which has helped them cope with having kids on the autism spectrum. Picture: Simon Bennett

When Tamia and Jayden Kopp are not singing Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Man, they are watching rugby league.

“Tamia loves Parramatta. She sits at the television and tells them to run when they get the ball,” mum Shannon said.

“She kept asking me ‘I want to play football’. But she wasn’t old enough. So I rang around a couple of clubs and they didn’t cater for kids with special needs. But then I heard about Try Time and found Mounties and we signed up.”

Try Time is a program that provides a socially inclusive and safe environment for children, teenagers and adults with disabilities to play rugby league.

Tamia, 5 and Jayden 6, both have autism.

Jayden is low-functioning autistic and only started speaking last year. Tamia was diagnosed as high-functioning autistic recently.

Together they love singing, arts and crafts, riding their bikes…and rugby league.

The pair are part of 12 players signed up for the upcoming season. Mounties are holding another registration day on Sunday for males and females of all ages.

“They can’t wait to play. They have so much energy and hate being stuck inside. Kids with special needs that can’t play your mainstream football, can come out now and play football with kids that are exactly the same as them,” Shannon said.

  • Try Time rego, March 18, Mounties Oval, 9am-11am.