Harry Humphries is celebrating a massive achievement as he achieves the accolade of Young Individual Sportsperson, from the 2019 Westbury Young People Awards. Harry started his swimming success story in April 2017 where he was spotted at a gala in Southampton specifically for people with Downs Syndrome. From that point, he has been travelling across the world from Canada to Kosovo, taking part in competitions and also representing Team GB.
The award was presented at the awards ceremony at Matravers School on Wednesday 19 June, where the prize was jointly awarded. This was the first time there was 2 winners of this category, due to the phenomenal talent of the 7 young people nominated. Harry was extremely pleased to receive his trophy, with students and parents all in attendance for support and to celebrate his achievement.
Harry joined Fairfield Farm College, Dilton Marsh in September 2018 as a residential student, staying at the college from Monday – Friday. Fairfield Farm College is a registered charity and specialist college for young people with learning difficulties. Harry joined Warminster Swimming Club, near the College, so that he could increase his training to include an early swim and a one to one evening session with his coach.
As well as attending college full-time, undertaking training for work and independence as a young adult, he is also swimming 5-days per week and competing in various competitions and galas across the globe. He continues to beat his personal best records, regularly winning gold, silver and bronze medals. Harry is focusing on his future and is currently training to qualify for the next Downs Syndrome European Championships in Sardinia in September this year.