I'd like to nominate my son, Gwynfor, whose determination to achieve is an inspiration for all children and adults who have a hidden disability.
Gwynfor has dyspraxia (developmental co-ordination disorder) and hypermobility syndrome. This affects all his motor and processing/organisational skills development. Consequently he finds it hard to do the things that his peers do without a second thought. As the full impacts of his hidden disability are not well understood, he has had to overcome prejudice, misunderstanding and bullying.
These obstacles have made him even more determined to succeed in everything he does. Gwynfor never gives less than 100% and has a fantastic attitude to learning. He has developed a 'Never give in' attitude to drive himself through the frustration of having to work harder and for longer than his peers in order to achieve his goals. For Example:-
He has achieved Stage 7 in the ASA National Plan Award for Swimming, despite having to repeat some of the stages 10 or more times in order to pass.
He has participated in the inter-schools cross country running championships, with the courage to focus on his personal achievement and complete the 2-3 km courses.
He is learning to dinghy sail and now enjoys capsizing!
He is hoping that he will pass stage 1 of the cycling proficiency test at his 3rd attempt.
Gwynfor is always enthusiastic and sees all things as possible so worth a try! Through going the extra mile himself he inspires those around him.