In 2006 Laurence was diagnosed with a rare Bone Cancer (Osteosarcoma). Aged 14 he began 9 months of chemotherapy at the teenage cancer unit ( R.V.I hospital in Newcastle) . He had surgery to remove the tumour rebuilding it with a Titanium implant replaceing his right knee and bone in his lower leg. After treatment with his leg in a full cast for six months he had to learn to walk again and began a twelve month programme of physiotherapy- his doctors said he wouldn't compete in sport again this gave him the determination to achieve his dream of one day representing his country in his chosen sport In 2008 Laurence began swimming again in 2009 he was classified by British Swimming as an S10 and was Junior 50m Freestyle Champ and was ranked 7th in the world. The London 2012 Paralympic Games was well within in his sights unfortunately in April 2010 he was taken ill with a life threatening infection in his prosthesis he was in hospital for two months and amputation was not out of the question. Whilst he was unable to train or compete he qualified as a swimming instructor and now teaches young children to swim. In the last 2-3 years Laurence has helped raise over 50,000 pounds for Cancer charities and gives support to newly diagnosed teenagers. Laurence has always stayed positive in the face of adversity and is a true inspiration to others - being chosen would some how reward him for all his hard work, determination and courage he has shown.