"Seeing what Layton has achieved for himself over the course of this programme has been brilliant and I hope now he continues to push himself and show the world all that he has to offer."

Athlete mentor Rich Parker talks about the progress Layton has made since joining Get on Track in early 2019.

When Layton joined Get On Track I think he would be the first to admit that he had no interest in being on the programme and he wasn’t in a great place. Not normally spending time socialising with groups of people and the fact that Layton knew almost nobody else on the course at the beginning made it particularly difficult. Whilst often choosing not to engage early in the programme, my fellow athlete mentor Liz and I only saw glimpses of Layton's personality and ability but knew there was more to give. Whilst often holding back due to the group environment, as Layton's confidence started to grow, more and more of his ability started to shine through.

The programme has not been plain sailing for Layton, there have been ups and downs, but I am genuinely impressed that he has stuck at it and shown great determination and resilience in getting to the end of the course.

On the last day of the main part of the programme, at the social action project, we saw a completely different side of Layton from day one. Layton was taking the initiative in setting up the stand for the group and had a brilliant attitude all day. He showed real awareness for the rest of his team, he was checking in and offering to support others who had also been working hard. He also took on aspects of the day that weren’t his preferred role in order to help the team in succeeding with their goal of raising money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Seeing what Layton has achieved for himself over the course of this programme has been brilliant and I hope now he continues to push himself and show the world all that he has to offer.

Layton made enormous progress during his time on this programme and I hope that he gives himself the credit that he deserves because it hasn't been easy for him by any stretch but he has benefited massively, as have the group, from his resilience and perseverance.

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Liz Johnson – athlete mentor

 

Graduates of the Wiltshire Get on Track programme at their GO event May 2019

We would like to thank the Blagrave Trust for their financial support for this programme and also WASP and Youth Action Wiltshire for their support as partners.