Paralympian 'inspires' children to be positive role models
- 3 July 2014
- From the section Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin
Paralympian Adrian Derbyshire has visited the Isle of Man as part of a 1,000 mile journey around the British Isles to raise awareness of bullying.
The 40-year-old hate crime ambassador, from Warrington, visited several schools during his week-long visit.
He said: "I feel it is really important to speak to children about disability awareness and going the extra mile."
Mr Derbyshire was left needing the use of a wheelchair after suffering a brain haemorrhage six years ago.
Within two years he had taught himself to read and write and rebuilt his life enough to be chosen to compete for Great Britain as a fencer, winning several titles.
Mr Derbyshire added: "I want to inspire the children to be positive role models and educate them about the impact of throwaway comments.
"I have suffered at the hands of hate crime myself, so I know how it feels."
He completed a lap of the Isle of Man TT course during his visit.
A spokesman for Queen Elizabeth II High School said: "The talk was incredibly inspirational and was thoroughly enjoyed by the students and teachers who were lucky enough to be present."