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Video: Inspirational Nino challenging convention with Community Foundation

Bristol Sport celebrated its sporting heroes on and off the field at the spectacular 2017 Gala Dinner on at Ashton Gate before Christmas - and one of the evening’s case studies told the inspiring story of Nino Genua.

Nino, The Spectrum Project’s leading success story, continues to challenge convention while embodying the very essence of the Community Foundation’s life-changing work.

Nino, who has Down’s syndrome, was one of the first participants in Spectrum’s May 2015 pilot programme, before starting on the programme’s work experience scheme the following year.

More than 18 months on, Nino has been shortlisted for a Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Award and secured a place at Bath College, while continuing to work one day a week at Ashton Gate.

His success is a huge source of pride for himself, the Community Foundation and his family, as his mother, Sharon, explains:

“Inspiration is the word that comes to mind when I think of Nino, and that inspiration has been facilitated by Spectrum.

“A lot of people don’t believe in young people with additional needs, but the Spectrum team does and I will be forever appreciative of Kris Tavender, Ben Breeze and the whole of Bristol Rugby, for accepting Nino and encouraging him to be a part of the team, dispelling ignorance and showing that our guys are worth the funding and worth the time, support and effort.

“Really, ultimately, most people don’t get to meet their hero – but I feel privileged that I gave birth to mine. The journey so far has been amazing and I can only see positive things for the future.”

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