Ryan makes the A grade
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
CELEBRATING his success at A Level was a bitter sweet experience for Ryan Cinnamond.
The 18-year-old St Paul's student scored a double whammy of distinctions in his BTEC in Sport - the equivalent of two A Level A grades.
But in a cruel twist of fate, the bilateral amputee was unable to pick up his results in person or celebrate his achievement alongside his friends after suffering a break in his left leg that has seen him almost housebound as it heals.
Despite the setback, Ryan has his sights set firmly on the future - and hopes to take up a counselling course so that he will one day be able to help others deal with trauma as he has himself.
“I'm hoping to start with a part-time course at the Tech," he explained. "That way I can work round my hospital appointments and all that. If I like it, I'll go on and do a Foundation.
“I also want time to focus on my running. When I was in America recently a friend let me use his blades and I had the opportunity to run for the first time since I was 15. It was some feeling, really good. My main goal now is to get my own blades and develop as an athlete, hopefully to the stage at which I could compete."
Returning to his exam success, modest Ryan attributes the achievement to his school and teachers.
“I can't thank St Paul's enough," he said. "Right from the start the teachers have stuck by me. Without them I'd never have been able to do it. I'm really pleased with my results - I never expected to do so well."
Ryan's parents meanwhile, are amazed at how far their son has come since his life was irrevocably changed by the aneurysm that led to the loss of his legs through the knees.
“We're extremely proud of him," mum Peggy said. "It's an awful pity he wasn't able to go to the school and experience the excitement of getting his results alongside his classmates and friends. It's been seven weeks now since he broke the bone and it's frustrating for him not being able to get about as he'd like to, but it's just one of those things, hopefully he'll be back to fighting fit soon.
“It's amazing how quickly time has passed since the aneurysm. It seems like only yesterday he was getting his GCSE results. He's come through so much and achieved so much but still has so much more he wants to do. And he will. When Ryan sets his mind to something, there's just no stopping him."
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