From the moment he was born, sport has always been important to Will, a person we support in Thera East Anglia. Primary school was the time he discovered his love for Manchester United and he has been a huge fan ever since. He loves his home team of Brighton too and has been proud of what both teams have achieved this past season. Will’s love for sports, along with inspiration from a Youtuber he enjoys watching, became a driving force to follow his passion of becoming a Sports Commentator.
Will, with help from his support team and Thera’s Communications team, started his own Weekly Sportscast that he puts out on Thera East Anglia’s Facebook page. Using his own equipment, Will has successfully filmed thirty episodes so far. He has talked about all the biggest sporting events of last season, ranging from the Ashes to the Six Nations. Will also covers Premier League Football and Formula 1 racing. His videos have been well received and become a staple of the Facebook Page.
Using this experience as a launching pad, Will has pushed himself further, applying for a job at Channel Four, wanting to see change for people with a disability to be better represented in the media.
I feel it’s important that people with disabilities are not limited and have the support they need to break down barriers across all areas of work. I want my friends to feel included and represented when we turn on the TV!
He made it through to the latter stages on the interview process, which is an incredible achievement.
This is what Will himself has said about his experiences with the Sportscast.
My podcasts have been my greatest achievement to date. The positive comments I have received have encouraged me to continue with this. I cover latest sporting events and interviewing people for their views. I’ve gained skills in research, presenting, and editing.
Will’s achievements are a result of his drive and personal belief in pursuing your dreams. At a recent interview he gave this advice; “I’d just say go for it if you want to do it!”