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Man with dyspraxia told he’d ‘never be an athlete’ earns award for Manchester 10K


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A Manchester athlete living with dyspraxia has won an award for raising money to help others living with the condition.

James Pratt, 22, has been named the ‘Fundraising Star’ by the Dyspraxia Foundation.

The charity launched the ‘Nominate a Star’ initiative, which invited people to tell the team about someone living with dyspraxia who inspired them.

James raised £1,000 for the Dyspraxia Foundation this year by running in the BUPA Manchester 10k, making him a worthy recipient of the award.

“It feels a complete shock to win this award. I didn’t know I had been nominated,” James exclaimed.

“With the Dyspraxia Foundation being the modern day charity that supports dyspraxia, I chose them as my charity for the 10k run.

“My message to anyone with dyspraxia is to never give up and find someone who is willing to give you the time and support.

“It will be up and down, but take the blows and carry on.”

Once often referred to as ‘clumsy child’ syndrome, dyspraxia is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination, in both children and adults.

It can also affect articulation, speech, perception and thought.

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