A fencing prodigy from Northwood has been paired with an Olympic athlete as part of a prestigious mentoring scheme.
Towards the end of last year, Casey Jones, 15, was successful in his application to the True Athlete Project (TAP), which pairs young sporting hopefuls with Olympic mentors.
Last month, it was announced that Casey had been paired with former GB handball player Mark Hawkins, who competed at the London 2012 Olympics.
The pair first met on January 30 and discussed future ambitions, the mental mindset required for competing at high-stakes events, and Casey’s goals, which include competing at the Olympics.
Speaking to Northwood&RuislipNews, Casey said: “We openly talked about my autism, my view of how my mind works as it’s very unusual, and how I reset after disappointment.
“The first six sessions comprise of mindfulness training which could help me re-centre when I am in a busy, noisy environment.
“We also discussed things like personal and professional expectations.”