Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2020, March 15th
Gavin is 19-years-old and has Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, which affects his balance, coordination and speech. As a result, Gavin uses a walker to support his walking and a communication device to help him speak.
Gavin says he's "super excited" to be involved in the #31Faces campaign as "everybody with Cerebral Palsy has a different experience to share and it is important that those experiences are shared".
People describe Gavin as very determined and competitive. Gavin is an athlete and last November, Gavin won Gold in the men's 100m RaceRunning race at the World Para Athletic Championships in Dubai!
Gavin hates it when people with Cerebral Palsy are underestimated, he says "Although there are many challenges for us in our daily lives, we can still achieve the that everyone else can. That might mean taking a different path to everyone else but that doesn't mean we are not capable of reaching the same goals."
It is really important for Gavin to be able to give other people with Cerebral Palsy a voice and says this is why he got involved with CP Teens UK. He says, "hopefully my work with CP Teens UK inspires others to speak about their experiences".
If Gavin could change one thing for other young people with physical disabilities it would be the exam systems in education. Completing exams with a physical disability can be challenging and Gavin says, "people like me are having to sit for 6/7 hours in order to complete just one exam. An exam system that is focused more on assignments rather than exams would make a massive difference to those with physical disabilities".
In his free time, if he's not training, you will find Gavin watching sport or listening to podcasts. During the winter, he also likes to ski!
In the future, Gavin hopes to compete at the Paralympics! He says, "to compete for my country at the Paralympic Games has always been my dream ever since I first got involved in RaceRunning at a young age".
Gavin says, "Strive to achieve - I find it always better to have a goal to work towards to keep you motivated. It doesn't have to be a big goal, but it should be personal to you!"