Gymnastics coach with ADHA wants to help kids achieve
WHAT do Justin Timberlake, Jamie Oliver, Sir Richard Branson and Maryborough Gymsports coach Dale Beasant have in common?
They all have excelled in their chosen field… and they all have what is known as ADHD.
The traits that once drove their parents and teachers to tears of frustration are the same traits that have led them to become creative, successful and productive adults.
Experts believe about 5% of adults have attention deficit hyperactivity, known as ADHD or ADHA.
Adults are affected by the symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity, just like children with ADHD.
For 22-year-old Dale, the extraordinary came in the form of gymnastics.
After being diagnosed with ADHA, high-functioning ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and loose joint problems in Year 1, a physiotherapist suggested he try gymnastics.
"People with ADHA have behaviour problems and of course attention problems and I was no different," Dale said.
"I used to challenge everyone and I am not proud to say that I think I was probably a real challenge for my coaches but they persevered and so did I."
Dale's mother Diane Beasant said it was a relief when he was diagnosed.
"I was beginning to think that he was just a very naughty little boy and that I had very poor parenting skills," she said.
"Once you know what the problem is, it is much easier to deal with it."
Now as a coach he wants to help other gymnasts - including those with special needs achieve their goals.
"It is an opportunity to pass on my skills but also to prove that people with special needs can achieve whatever they want if we just apply ourselves," he said.
Call the Maryborough Gymsports office between 4-6pm weekdays on 4123 1044 for more information.