Henry – Deaflympics Batonbearer 2018
Homeschooling student Henry is currently studying nine IGCSE subjects with Wolsey Hall Oxford, based in Australia. After doing very well with Wolsey Hall at secondary level, Henry has chosen his preferred subjects to pursue and goes from strength to strength. Henry is profoundly deaf, and an elite athlete in the sport of swimming. He manages to balance his sports training and sporting events with his home studies.
Henry did exceedingly well at the Deaflympics in 2017, which took place in Turkey. There were 3,145 athletes participating in 219 events, covering 18 different sport categories. There were participants from 97 different countries. Representing Australia, Henry was not only the youngest swimmer (he is now age 14) but he broke through every personal best in his events. Here we hear what his mother, Shanti, had to say:
“Henry stayed at the Olympic village for two weeks and forged new friendships with other athletes from nearly every country in the world. My eyes were brimming with tears when he walked out with his national team during the Opening ceremony, in front of the Olympic flag.
Just a few weeks ago, the pool where he trains (Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre) celebrated its 10th anniversary and Henry was a VIP guest alongside the Olympian legend Ian Thorpe, Lord Mayor of Sydney and another Olympian swimmer Geoff Huegill. It was an incredible ceremony. They were very inclusive with Henry, and Thorpe talked to him about how he was his first Olympian to come out from this pool which is now named after him.
Since then Henry was nominated to be the torchbearer at the Deaflympics coming up in 2018. We had confirmation that he was nominated after being judged and selected by the panel. The next step is the police clearance, so he is one step closer to finding out the final decision!”
We congratulate Henry on his hard work and fantastic achievements, and wish to announce his latest great news:
“I am delighted to inform you that Henry has been officially selected to be the Batonbearer for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay. Henry is so overwhelmed by this prestigious honour.”
We are so happy for Henry and wish him luck in April 2018. He serves as an inspiration to all of our students and families, of what can be achieved at the same time as homeschooling for your secondary level and IGCSEs. You can read more about what Henry will be doing here.