Persistence and resilience

10th February 2018

Caspar Mervyn, from Torpoint, lost 80% of his hearing after contracting meningitis. His father believes skateboarding has lessened the impact that this after-effect had on his balance and encourages Caspar to be resilient

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It's also taught him persistence and why you should always keep on trying, says dad Patrick.

In a recent interview with the Plymouth Herald, Patrick explained how Caspar's deafness had affected his balance - but that skateboarding has been a big help in combating this after-effect.

“Caspar’s deaf, so he doesn’t have good balance and skateboarding encourages him to practice and improve his balance on and off the board,” explained Patrick.

"His balance has come on lots since he’s been skateboarding."

“We go [to the skatepark] every weekend if it’s not raining and if it’s early, because it’s quite small and gets pretty busy by the afternoon."

But the sport, which will be featured at the Olympics for the first time at Tokyo 2020, has also helped Caspar in other ways - and Patrick believes it can teach all youngsters some very valuable life lessons.

"Skateboarding also teaches them other things. It’s all about getting back on and being resilient, improving your ability."

Patrick and Caspar will undoubtedly miss their weekly shred sessions in the Central Park Skate Park while it's closed - although they're delighted that it's getting a major refurb.

Patrick continued, “I think it’s great for youngsters and I’m pleased to see the park enlarged. When they build the extension it will be better for everyone."