My Dad strives everyday to give children a chance to shine. He is a firm believer in the enthusiasm, ability and energy of youth that will help them succeed in our world of tomorrow. Having worked with the young people of inner city London for over 40 years he has supported many of them academically, personally and sportingly to achieve their goals and reach their potential. Working as a teacher in inner city schools he has crossed paths with many children from challenging backgrounds. Having experienced hardships and obstacles in his own youth he understands the difficulties many face today, and by working with them in a school and athletic environment he has supported, listened to and coached young people to demonstrate dedication and devotion in their aims. Knowing how often sporting ventures can offer assurance and focus he has strived to offer many young people the unique opportunity of running the London Mini Marathon - the experience of a lifetime. As a father he is a teacher, an advocate and a friend, and one of the most humble men I know. His personal achievements are many, however he would always rather focus on others than himself. His 40 years of teaching, 30 years of involvement with Queens Park Harriers Athletics Club and membership of the Ever Present group of runners of the London Marathon - 31 marathons this year - are not only truly admirable, but show the grit, determination and spirit of a Londoner. A man who deserves his time to shine.