Clifton Primary School

Aspire to Achieve

Visit of Paralympian Ryan Raghoo

Ryan is a long Jumper with Cerebral Palsy who broke the British record at the Queensland Open Championships.


Ryan delivered a motivational assembly for the children where he told us his story. He was born under difficult conditions which left him with permanent brain damage and a condition called cerebral palsy. He spent most of his early years in hospital, in a buggy or a wheelchair. Doctors and medical specialists were certain he would never walk.


Growing up, Ryan hated sport as he used a wheelchair up until the age of eight. At secondary school Ryan was banned from participating in sport after it was deemed too dangerous for him and he was forced to watch his friends from the side-lines.


When Ryan began studying at our local Brunel University, he persuaded a coach to train him so he could reach his dreams of going to the Olympics. In his first race, he broke the British World Record for the 60m. Ryan went onto achieving a British record for the long jump and is now aiming to win a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


During his visit, Ryan delivered P.E sessions to the children and taught them the message that people are not Disabled but can make themselves Enabled with positive thought and perseverance.