Stanmore College student Abdul Barekzai won an Achievement Award for his enthusiasm and achievements in sport, despite his disability.
Abdul plays a range of sports including table tennis, badminton and basketball, while he also encourages his peers to participate in physical activity.
Engagement Coordinator at Stanmore, Mark Gillespie said, “Abdul’s enthusiasm for sharing sport is impenetrable. He is a tremendous influence on his fellow pupils, who are wildly enthusiastic for what he can do – which is often winning table tennis matches!”
Abdul spent some of his £200 on equipment for cyclists and wheelchair users at his school, buying pumps, spare tires and other gear for maintenance.
Abdul said, “I was surprised to receive the award, but I am very happy to be a winner. Some people think because you’re in a wheelchair that you can’t do sport, and I just wanted to prove these people wrong.
I don’t let the fact that I am disabled hold me back in life. The award will always stay in my memory, and it has given me the further belief that I reach my goals to become a Paralympian.”
Abdul received a testimonial from a fellow student, Steven Charlton, a previous Jack Petchey Achievement Award winner, who said:
“Congratulations to Abdul. It takes a lot of commitment to gain a Jack Petchey Award. It is important to be enthusiastic in what you are studying and other activities and leisure’s. Keep on going with your hard work! It is also brilliant to hold this award on your CV.”
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