Meet Our Young People
Tom struggled with his confidence and anxiety for as long as he can remember...
Then he began powerlifting and found OPEN. OPEN provided him with the opportunity to “meet new people, create friendships, get fit and focus”. Without the support that OPEN provided, Tom says “I would be lost…would not have met all the amazing people and friends or have been able to learn new skills”. He has come a long way and achieved an incredible amount, competing in this year’s All England Championships, as well as many other events.
Shahan came to OPEN after moving to England from Pakistan 7 years ago...
He was 'always into outdoor sports', but was scared of heights. When he met Dan, OPEN's climbing instructor who Shahan says 'was an inspiration', he was motivated to push himself and became heavily involved with the different classes on offer. He has progressed over the years, and is now a volunteer instructor on many of the courses, teaching young people and adults of all abilities the sport he has grown to love. Without OPEN, Shahan says he 'wouldn't know himself as well', and that his time at OPEN is rewarding and 'keeps him fit'.