This year Getfitstayfit Norfolk had the privilege of being asked to Sponsor an award for Broadlands Council Sports people of the year. Our chosen category to sponsor The Inspirational Sports Personality Award.
On Friday 24th October we met up at Thorpe Lodge, welcomed by Maria from Broadlands Council who did a fantastic job of putting the event together , then welcomed by Councillor Adams who opened the event .
We presented the Award to a fantastic young man Jonathan Drane the evening was excellent we had a chance to meet up with another inspiringly young man, Paralympics Athlete Danny Nobbs and to hear his story as you can imagine we were blown away, by his determination, all the work he has put in and how he views life, then getting to meet Jonathan was just amazing, a little about Jonathan and why Broadlands considered him a worthy winner, after meeting him we also understood why and hope to be working with him in the future.
In his first ever Visually Impaired, VI, competition, Norwich lad Jonathan Drane clinched an epic victory, seizing gold after winning every fight by putting on an excellent display of fighting at the VI US Open in Colorado. Drane was a plumber with his own business before his eyesight deteriorated due to Corneal dystrophy diagnosed as part of a routine eye check in 2011. He fought on the GB senior squad but now he is aiming for success as a part of Great Britain’s Visually Impaired judo team training at The British Judo Association Centre of Excellence
Jonathan has also started working towards a degree in psychology at The Open University. Studying for any degree is always challenging. Jonathan was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 15, and so was often excluded from lessons, and wracked with feelings of self-doubt and anxiety. Prior to this he had not received any additional help at school. He has now been made patron of the ADHD foundation.
He wants to challenge the stigma associated with ADHD and show other young people living with the condition that anything is possible, whatever life throws at you.
There were quiet a few winners in different categories, that evening from Schools, Coaches to Volunteers, this is a great local event, we as a local Broadlands company felt it right and privileged to be involved