Date of Birth:
6th August 1991
Boccia, Hand Cycling, Water Wheels, Archery and Ice Skating
Jonathon was born three weeks prematurely, and he was diagnosed with Cerebral Plasy when he was 6 months old.
Since leaving school and college Jonathon has experimented with new ideas in order to find activities that he enjoys. He started with Boccia, and even though Jonathon’s condition doesn’t allow him to physically bowl the ball, he uses a ramp which helps to line the ball up to the target.
In January 2015 Jonathon began Hand Cycling. At first he used a turbo to get used to how to peddle using his hands. With each week Jonathon has made improvements and at Easter time he progressed onto cycling on the athletics track. He uses a special glove to enable his left hand to grip the peddle, and he has improved significantly from being able to complete 2 laps of the athletics track initially, to now being able to complete 11 laps! Jonathon’s fastest lap time to date is 4 minutes 7 seconds.
In June 2015 Jonathon started attending the Inspire Peterborough Inclusive Skating sessions at Planet Ice Peterborough. He really enjoys it, especially when some of the more qualified skaters take him around, as they can go faster than his usual carers.
Jonathon has also participated in 3 Great Eastern Fun Runs and he feels he has lots more yet to achieve.
Jonathon has recently helped his main carer, Mandy to take up ice skating. Jonathon and Many attend the Inspire Peterborough Inclusive Skating sessions together and Mandy has passed grade 2 of NISA (National Ice Skating Association of GB & NI) Skate UK. Mandy is now able to go ice skating with her family for enjoyment.
Jonathon is a wonderful example of a local person who has taken up sport, given it his all and made a positive impact to his life.
Jonathon recently took part in the Rotary Swim, a sponsored event raising money for Inspire Peterborough and the Werrington Peterborough Rotary Club. Jonathon swam 24 lengths with his carer, Mandy (pictured together above), which was a fantastic achievement!
Disability Rights UK have published a fantastic blog about Jonathon and all of his activities, you can read this here!