Case study: Former Paralympian takes on a new form of training at RNC
For the past decade, Simon Goodall, 46, has been involved in sport at the highest level including representing Great Britain in Goalball at London 2012. Alongside being an athlete, Simon has had a diverse range of jobs including working for the DWP in adjudication as well as jobs in the sales and managerial sectors and successfully running a pub and restaurant for six years.
Simon explains “When I retired from Goalball, I realised that I needed to take my life in a new direction. Even though I have an extensive background in sport, at my age, I didn’t just want to spend all of my time in the gym.”
Simon met with his DEA (Disability Employment Advisor), who told him about the range of vocational courses on offer at RNC and he was immediately attracted to Audio Media Production, his interest in media had initially come from his Paralympic days giving both television and radio interviews. He says “The teachers at RNC (some of whom have visual impairment) are inspirational with a can-do attitude and it has given me the drive and desire to want to be employed again.”
Simon has Charles Bonnet Syndrome so instead of total darkness his eyes experience a kaleidoscope of light. He also has Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) a deteriorating eye condition which has left him now with no functional sight.
“I am on a personal journey and RNC has equipped me with new found confidence” says Simon.