Two young people from Stockport have taken part in the London 2012 Paralympic 24 hour Torch Relay.
Carrying the torch through Berkhamstead, 17 year old Adam Moseby from Heaton Moor, and 20 year old Luke Monaghan from High Lane, were part of a five-strong team nominated by Jump Space – a Stockport based charity which provides specialised trampolining, Rebound Therapy, play and sensory experiences for people with disabilities and their families.
Chosen for their outstanding contribution as young leaders, Adam and Luke, who have Asperger’s syndrome and autism respectively, have both overcome personal difficulties to help other youngsters with disabilities develop and fine tune their motor skills through trampolining.
Both young men have also received educational support from the Together Trust – Luke is a pupil at Bridge College, a specialist further education college for students with disabilities, autism and complex needs, and Adam is a former student of Inscape House School, which provides education for young people with autism and other social communication difficulties.
Marie Fisher at Jump Space said; “We are incredibly proud that five of our team were selected to be Torchbearers at the Paralympics, carrying the flame on its journey from Stoke Mandeville, the birth place of the Paralympics, to the Olympic Stadium in London. Adam and Luke have both been with Jump Space for a number of years and have made impressive developments in their own abilities which have helped them to become trusted young leaders.”
David Marriott at the Together Trust said; “The Paralympic Games are incredibly important to encouraging youngsters to try sports they’ve never considered before. It’s a fantastic achievement for Luke and Adam, two of our former students, to have this once in a lifetime opportunity. We hope that their stories, and those of the other torchbearers, will encourage other students and young people with learning or physical disabilities to take part in sport.”