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Deaf student's achievements recognised

Deaf Hartpury College student’s achievements recognised
 
Gloucestershire Deaf Association service user, Sam Ivins was recognised recently at the Hartpury College's annual 'Further Education Prize Day'.
 
Students were joined by parents, Hartpury staff and governors and VIP guests for the ceremony, with those students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their area being awarded trophies and prizes. Former Hartpury equine student and Paralympian, Mel Nicholls, gave an inspirational speech as the guest of honour before handing out the awards.
 
Sam, who is profoundly deaf and has learning disabilities, is studying Land Based Studies at the college. At the 'Prize Day he received his Level 1 diploma in the course as well as being awarded the 'Clive Hall Memorial Shield; which recognised the student who has shown the greatest endeavour.
 
Sam's parents, Des and Diane Ivins said "Sam has always been treated like any other child at Hartpury. Even with his learning disability and being deaf, he's encouraged to have a go and to do the best he can in any situation or activity. We are proud to say we have a deaf son who never ceases to amaze us with his tenacious zest for life and never letting his disabilities hold him back. Sam is proof that you can do anything if you have the mind to."
 
Rosemary Morgan, Sam's Support Worker said "I have worked closely with Sam for three years at Hartpury on his Land Based Studies course. In that time he has proved to be a very, very hardworking student. He very much deserves the cross-college award for 'endeavour' as at times, Sam has not only faced daily, but hourly challenges and communication frustrations in this mainstream environment. Seeing his obvious delight when he went to collect his award was extremely emotion for many staff, his parents and especially for me."
 
GDA's Chief Executive, Jenny Hopkins said "We are immensely proud of our volunteers and the support they offer to our young deaf club members. Sam's achievements over the last year are testament to the hard work and commitment of both Sam and Rosemary. Many congratulations to them both."
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