In the fast lane to success, Darren swims in the Special Olympics

September 14, 2017

Darren from Consensus’, Clare House in Dunblane, Scotland came 6th and 8th in swimming relay finals recently held at The Special Olympics in 2017.

As a committed and enthusiastic swimmer, Darren is part of a local swimming club, the Enable Arion Swimming Club and trains with them twice a week. He also trains in his local pool twice a week swimming at least 50 lengths of a 25m pool each time.

The Special Olympics, GB National Games, which took place in Sheffield this year, is the country’s largest learning disability multi-sport event. With around 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities they came together from across the country. They were supported over 4 days of competition by 800 coaches, 1000 volunteers, 200 officials and over 7,000 family & friends.

This is a huge achievement by Darren, who lives with Prader-Willi Syndrome and who since moving to Clare House five years ago, has lost over 3 and a half stone through a combination of regular exercise and a healthy diet.

Darren progressed his interest in sports by joining a local gym and pool. As he gradually built up his confidence and skills he joined the Arion Swimming Club at the Peaks Sports Village in Stirling. Building up his stamina, speed and overall fitness, he now trains twice a week with them and combines this with two 50 length sessions in his local pool, where he works exceptionally hard in his training.

Darren’s weight, fitness and motivation and wellbeing have all been improved through sports and with the support of his peer group and the team at Clare House he is achieving more and more. He has gained medals and grades in Tae Kwon Do, rides horses, plays football, raises funds for the PWSA through his walks, enjoys ten pin bowling, going on holiday and is a keen actor in his local drama club. With lots on the horizon coming up, as the swimming galas continue, and his activity at unprecedented levels Darren finds himself also rehearsing for his latest role ‘The Riddler’ and making plans to go away on holiday next year. Darren is rightly proud of everything he is achieving as are those that form the support network around him.

At Consensus we focus on recognising individual needs whilst understanding the challenges that a person with Prader-Willi Syndrome (or other eating support needs) experiences daily. We recognise all the difficulties that this condition can present to individuals; not just a person’s health and well-being but also emotionally, physically, cognitively, behaviourally and socially. This in-depth understanding enables our trained team of colleagues to deliver a person-centred approach that is tailored and addresses their specific needs, supporting positive outcomes.

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