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“DON'T LET DISABILITY HOLD YOU BACK”

26/5/2017

Sporting success and Beaufort Park Hotel team member, Dylan, is sending out a strong message of encouragement to young people.

Dylan, who plays for Everton Deaf FC, was left with hearing problems and a low heart rate after contracting meningitis when aged two. His passion for football helped him to gain confidence and overcome disability and follow his goals. The 21-year-old, who has worked at Beaufort Park Hotel for the past six years, is now encouraging other deaf people to break down barriers he experienced earlier in life.

Dylan told The Leader newspaper: "There are events for deaf people now and then, but I really want to make sure there are frequent events so people don’t feel excluded and bored like I did when I was younger.

"I think it’s important for people with hearing loss to feel like they are part of a community and that they can come to a social event that caters to their needs and feel included.

"I also want to use sport to help deaf people and help them to enjoy it, as I know it can sometimes be a challenge. I struggled with sport initially because of my low heart rate, but my passion helped be to grow in confidence and I hope to do the same for other people in my situation as well."

In 2014, Dylan started a British Sign Language and deaf learning foundation degree in Coleg Llandrillo Menai’s Rhos-on-Sea campus and is now hoping to help other young deaf people once he graduates in July.

In the run-up to Adult Learners’ Week from June 19 to 25, Dylan is supporting a campaign to promote Skills Gateway for Adults, which is a free Government service providing careers information, support, advice and guidance on how to improve their skills and employability.