I love sport, especially cricket. After waiting for 19 years, I recently became the first full MCC member with Down’s syndrome. The MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) owns Lord’s, the famous cricket ground. Lord’s is a lovely setting, and I have watched lots of matches there.
On Sunday 2 May I had a special party at Lord’s to celebrate joining the MCC as a full member. I had been on the waiting list since 1991, so I had been waiting a long time!
The MCC gave me a special chocolate cake, a DVD and a card. My parents and lots of guests were there, including my girlfriend Lorna. Four Essex players were there too: Alastair Cook (pictured), James Foster, Grant Flower and Graham Napier.
Essex are my favourite cricket team. The players gave me a signed cricket bat and a cap. It was a really great day, even though it rained so there was no cricket played!
I am 35, and I live in a Mencap supported house in Princes Risborough. Five of us live here, including Lorna. We are very well supported, we eat nice meals and have a nice garden too.
I go to college in Flackwell Heath two days a week, on Thursdays and Fridays. I also work at Tesco supermarket on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I really like Mondays, as it’s my day off! I have worked at Tesco for more than ten years. I work in the staff canteen.
I play football on Tuesday nights at a Gateway club. I like to keep active, even though I injured my ankle at home in February running down the stairs!
It’s important to have a go at sports. If you like watching swimming on TV you should go and try swimming yourself.
I am also a big football fan. Lorna and I both support the same team, Arsenal. I am really looking forward to the World Cup this summer. I think England are going to go all the way! I am also going to Wimbledon to watch the tennis with my godfather.
Photo of Philip and Alastair Cook: John Carter
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