John has turned his hobbies inclusive to make sure no one ‘slips through the cracks’!

A man is stood smiling outdoors wearing a Sense purple and orange vest and he is wearing a grey beanie hat.

John is not a man with free time, but what little time he has is spent doing what he loves: enabling people to achieve their goals and challenging perceptions of what people think is possible. At 42 years old, he works full time as a Technical Lead (or, in his words, a Professional Geek) at LonRes, runs accessible snowboarding sessions for people with disabilities and is currently training for the Royal Parks Half Marathon. When asked why he continues to run his snowboarding sessions on top of all his other projects, John said he wants ‘everyone to experience what I experienced on my first lesson’.

John has been into technology longer than he has been into snowboarding as he learned to code as a child. During a break in his IT career, he decided to travel where he learned how to snowboard and soon the hobby became a passion. He took an instructors course and was soon teaching in the UK. There was, however, a problem. While teaching in Milton Keynes, he noticed that because there were no instructors or resources, not many disabled people were able to take part in the sport.

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London Marathon – Five more #TeamSense runner stories

This week, we have five more #TeamSense supporters, telling us why they’re running the London Marathon for Sense on the 28th April.

Stewart has a hearing impairment and will be making his London Marathon debut

“My parents noticed I had speech problems and ear infections when I was young but by the time it was finally diagnosed, my ear drums were permanently damaged because of incorrect treatment. I had a number of operations to correct this, but my hearing never improved. I now wear a bone anchored hearing aid which has changed my life completely. Sense believe no one should be should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. As someone who has been there in the past, running for Sense is very special.”

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