A TEEN spoke of his pride at having received a national call and how his deafness is not an obstacle to achieving his dreams.
Logan Reay of Darlington has been called up to Team GB in a testament to his promising rise as a young athlete.
The 17-year-old is registered as deaf but he hasn’t let that get in the way of his success despite revealing the daily struggles his deafness poses.
He plays with hearing aids and the times he doesn’t, because of the rain, he’s gotten so used to the game that he can read the game in front of him without having to rely on frantic calls from his teammates. .
Logan said: “As far as all the yelling and touching, I spend a lot of time studying the game so I can deal with it.
“Once I know what I’m doing and I’m in the zone, everything is smooth. I can see someone scream and know what they’re looking for.
“I often forget half the time I’m deaf.”
The former pupil of St Francis Xavier School, Richmond, launched his career playing at Gateshead before moving to Bristol for college.
He is currently undergoing Level 3 sports coaching training alongside his American football activities. An avid rugby and football player as well as a golfer, Logan says playing at a high level has absorbed his daily life.
“It takes every day of my life,” he said. “If we’re not on the pitch training, we’re in the gym or studying footage of ourselves and identifying where we can improve. There’s always something we’re working on.
“With ambitions to study and play in America, he is currently living his dream thanks to his recent call up to the UK.
Logan added, “There are so many amazing things going on for me right now. I’ve always loved the idea of representing GB and I can’t think of anything better to do!
His family expressed their immense pride in seeing the teenager flourish at such a high level after helping him throughout his career in American football. His mother traveled dozens of miles to take him to practice and matches while his grandfather Tony worked as a coach and coach to help him acclimate to the sport.
Grandfather Tony Reay said he was “heartbroken” when Logan moved to Bristol but is delighted to see him thriving. He said: “Once people saw the level of training he was working at, it turned a few people’s heads and started to realize how good he was.”
Logan is due to travel to Denmark with Team GB in May and is hoping for new opportunities in the future.
“People didn’t expect me to be where I am today. Especially as a kid with a hearing aid, I thought as I got older there would be problems, but I’ve overcome all the obstacles so far and everyone is really proud of me for that.
“Without the support around me, I could never dream of what I want to do. Without my family, I would not have been able to travel or follow the training I received.
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