Joshua has cerebral palsy but this does not deter him in any aspect of his life, particularly in sport as Joshua is a very keen sports participant and he has attended all of the ‘Time to Shine’ events since they started in 2009, trying a wide variety of sports from a very young age.
Joshua is a wheelchair racing enthusiast and as well as ‘Time to Shine’, he takes part in the London Mini Marathon annually in his very own wheelchair provided by WheelPower’s wheel appeal.
As a brilliant young ambassador for disability sport and ‘Time to Shine’, Joshua was invited by WheelPower to join them in the 2012 Lord Mayor’s Parade.
It has given me a trial run to see if I want to take the sport up and being in a group has given me an understanding of different disabilities.
Joshua says: “‘Time to Shine’ is a fantastic opportunity for young people to try new sports. I have really enjoyed all of the events and activities I have been to. I have tried lots of new sports including hand cycling, badminton, powerlifting, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. It has given me a trial to see if I want to take the sport up and being in a group has given me an understanding of different disabilities. It has been nice to meet other young people from my borough and from the other boroughs. I have enjoyed meeting the adults and organisers too”.
Joshua has gained confidence in being part of a group and interacting with other young people during the sessions
Joshua’s mum, Deborah says: “Joshua has formed new relationships and friendships with young people and the supporting adults. Joshua has gained a confidence in being part of a group and interacting with other young people during the sessions. Joshua gains a sense of achievement each time he attends and comes home with lots of stories to tell the family about the things he has done and the people he has met. In essence, ‘Time to Shine’ offer Joshua his ‘Time to Shine’ and I would very much hope that it may continue so that others who have not yet been able to take part, may discover the opportunities that ‘Time to Shine’ has to offer them and their families”.