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Thomas Raddings with a selection of medals he has recently won.

A Wakefield College student has been praised for his sporting abilities after winning a string of national and international swimming competitions. Thomas Raddings, 16, from Pontefract has now set his sights even higher and hopes to continue progressing both in the swimming pool and at College.

Thomas, who has Down’s syndrome, is a successful swimmer with the Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics club. Over the last year Thomas has won a gold medal at the Down Syndrome Swimming Federation European Open Swimming Championships, gold at the British Learning Disability Championships, three gold medals at the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation British Open Championships and two National Titles at the National Halliwick British Championships.

Thomas’s hard work and commitment were recognised at the Yorkshire Children of Courage and Achievement Awards where he won the Sporting Achievement Award. When speaking of Thomas, the judges said: “Thomas has proved that even with disabilities, with support and sheer grit, determination, dedication, and training you can achieve, succeed, and excel in sport. He is an inspiration to encourage others with disabilities to participate.”

Wakefield College Learning Support Tutor, David Peatfield said: “Thomas is a very friendly, happy and motivated learner. He is enthusiastic in all of his sessions and is well liked by his peers. I'm confident that Thomas will continue to go from strength to strength in his sporting endeavours and we look forward to cheering him on.”

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 30 March, 2015

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