Growing up I didn’t get to interact with many other young disabled people. I was the only child at my primary school who needed to use a wheelchair and there were only two other wheelchair users at my secondary school. There also weren’t many social opportunities for us in our area either – but then I discovered Whizz-Kidz!
I first became involved with Whizz-Kidz in December 2014 when they provided me with a trike. This made a huge difference to my life, as it helped me to build the strength in my legs and gave me a lot more independence. After getting my trike, I received an email about a Whizz-Kidz Ambassador Club that was taking place at my local college. I thought I’d love to give it a go, and I really enjoyed the experience.
Since then, I’ve been regularly attending my local club. It’s really helped me to make friends with other young disabled people who face the same issues as me. The club is a fantastic opportunity for us to get together, share our experiences and build our confidence.
Right now I'm focusing on developing my main hobby - wheelchair racing. I first heard about wheelchair racing in 2013, and now train three times a week at my local racing club. Racing makes me feel really empowered, like I can do anything that I want to do. It makes me happy and boosts my confidence. One of my ambitions is to complete the London Marathon, and this year I’m taking my first step towards it. On April 24th I'll be entering the 2016 Mini London Marathon for young athletes aged between 11 and 17. I thought it was time that I gave something back to the charity that has already helped me so much and has given me so many unbelievable opportunities, so I’m asking people to sponsor me as my way of saying thank you – I want to raise as much money as possible for Whizz-Kidz!
One day I’d like to achieve my big dream, which is to compete in the Paralympics. My Whizz-Kidz Ambassador Club is extremely supportive of my ambitions, and the other kids are always asking how I'm getting on. I really like sharing my experiences to help show them they can do anything they want to.”
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