Thomas had a trial to begin with after numerous emails from his parents regarding his disability and concerns of whether he would be able to take part. Thomas expressed a passion for trying gymnastics but it was uncertain if he'd be able to do it.
He took part in the trial and got on really well, he had to have rest breaks but kept up with all the other children in the class. His parents were not sure whether he would be able to take it up long term so did not pursue it.
I taught a gymnastics session for the Demelza House group that attend once a month and Thomas was attending. He was one of the few that expressed an interest in taking part and he showed some great skills. After having a lengthy conversation with his parents, I persuaded them to give him another chance. He has been doing it since and is one of our top attenders. He has shown a great deal of improvement and has not let his disability affect his confidence and determination to learn the sport. Recently his confidence has improved greatly as his hole in his throat has closed which has given him more determination to learn more and to continue attaining his awards.
Thomas has now been awarded the overall Places Leisure gymnast of the year- what an incredible achievement!