We can... Peter
Peter is 24 years old and lives in the Wirral.
We initially had to delay photographing Peter as on the date we had pencilled in he was in Australia, such is the demand on his time. Peter is a successful athlete who competes in many tennis competitions for INAS as well as competing in the Special Olympics. He combines this with his studies at Coleg Cambria and all his training for his relevant sports.
One of the first things that strikes you about Peter is his passion for sports and his studies which includes horse care. His enthusiasm is contagious and it is hard not to smile the whole time you are speaking to him because he is such a positive and caring person.
“In Melbourne, Australia I was playing tennis which was a great experience. The tennis was for INAS (the International Federation of Intellectual Disability Sport) which is for players who have a learning disability.
“If I had to describe myself it would be enthusiastic, caring and hardworking. I really like horses, they are my passion. I love horses because they can sense if you are down or when you are happy. In Sheffield there are Special Olympics for people with learning disabilities that people are taking part in different sports like equestrian, tennis, football, swimming and badminton. I am taking part in equestrian which has got three disciplines which are dressage, horse care and horse trails.
“I have been at Coleg Cambria for 7 years and I am doing Level 1 equine. I love equine because it is to show the way that horses live and how to look after them like if they are injured or they have got problems with their feet and health.
“I think that people with disabilities should have a chance of trying different things, even if it is ILS to mainstream. At least they can try their best to get into a higher level. It is important because people with disabilities are still human, like everyone else.
“In the past people have questioned me about my disability asking why I went to a disability school and people used to tease me about the name of the school. It was getting me down quite a bit. I spoke to my mum and she said she would do something about it to stop me getting bullied. I had been bullied quite a lot by people outside of school, by teenagers that didn’t even know me. It was quite scary because I felt threatened. My mum spoke to them and said she would call the police but they just laughed. I was just so relieved that she had done something about it. If someone is getting bullied they should tell someone and not leave it to themselves so they would get really, really upset about it. People need to learn more about people with learning disabilities and find information about it.”
“I love socialising with friends and family that I haven’t seen in a long time. I don’t see my family very often because I am always busy but I like to see them more often. In the future I would like to do voluntary work or sports commentating.”
Peter has moderate learning difficulties.