Teenager Thomas Raddings has defied all the odds to win a number of international swimming awards while still working hard at school.
The 16-year-old, from Ackworth, was recognised for his determination when he picked up the Sporting Achievement accolade at the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards ceremony in Leeds last week.
Thomas, who has Down’s syndrome, is a successful swimmer with the Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics club. He practises for hours and has recently returned from the Down’s Syndrome British Championships in Reading.
Despite this, his school work never suffers and he puts just as much effort into his studies as does his swimming.
The awards raise money to help disadvantaged youngsters while acknowledging those in the region who have shown courage in dealing with difficult circumstances.