Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2020, March 14th
William is 23-years-old and has Cerebral Palsy. He has a right sided weakness in his leg as a result of having meningitis when he was 3-years-old and he suffered a thalamic infarct. His leg is stiff and his toes are clawed, as well as one leg being shorter than the other. William also becomes tired easily.
William is a happy, caring and sociable young man - everyone in his local area knows him!
William has played football for England with the Cerebral Palsy Development Squad. Even though William had a late diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, it's not held him back where sport is concerned! He is a good golfer and was a talented swimmer when he was younger. William is regularly asked to attend sporting events in his local area with his medals from playing football for England to show other disabled youngsters what can be achieved.
William gets very frustrated being told that he cannot do something - he likes to prove people wrong!
William has a dog called Patch who is very important to him. In his free time, you will find William caring for Patch as well as going out with his girlfriend and visiting his Uncle who he is very close to.
Even though William feels that he has been extremely lucky with the opportunities that he has been given, he feels that the information given over the years on sporting opportunities have been hard to come by. He would change the accessibility of such information for other physically disabled youngsters as well as making the statement system easier in schools.
In the future, William hopes to do more work for charities and raise more disability awareness.
William says, "Never give up, the opportunities are out there!".