Jamie lost his sight because of a brain tumour that was diagnosed when he was a baby. Despite the daily challenges he faces, Jamie is fun and adventurous boy who really enjoys being active.
He was often left out of activities because it seemed that his visual and hearing impairments made group sessions too difficult or dangerous for Jamie join in. The people around him lacked the knowledge or didn’t have adaptive equipment to include Jamie, which led to him losing his confidence and developing a mind-set that sport was not for him.
Being an active family and recognising the lifelong benefits of leading an active lifestyle, his parents realised that they needed expert help. It was at a British Blind Sport Swimming Gala that they were introduced to the First Steps project.
Jamie couldn't wait to use the Jangles Activity pack to play games and learn new skills in a familiar and safe setting. As a result of this home-based project, Jamie believed he could be good at all sorts of sporting activities and returned to school with a new confidence to give things a go! The family and school were then able to work together with concepts learned from the First Steps project.
Under his mum's guidance, and with support from British Blind Sport, Jamie has tried out a wide range of activities and met other children with sight loss and their families. Jamie has a huge appetite for adventure and now counts scuba diving and Nordic walking amongst his favourite activities as well as swimming and cycling.
Jamie's best friend, Josh, has also been a vital part of Jamie's journey. Josh is football-mad and he and Jamie work together to come up with circuit training activities and ball drills and spur each other on. This amazing friendship is so important to both boys where they share their passion for sport and all the things that typical 9-yr old boys enjoy.
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