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James is crashing barriers

James is crashing barriers

“Life’s good,” says 25 year old James White.

The Nuriootpa resident couldn’t be happier after being appointed a Member Ambassador for Down Syndrome SA, one of only two to be given the 12 month role.

“I’m very proud – very happy,”  said James.

“It was a big surprise.”

With his bubbly personality and happy nature, James was selected as an ideal candidate to represent the Down Syndrome community by sharing his own experiences about his life, interests, work and family.

He is looking forward to being able to increase awareness about the opportunities that exist for people with Down Syndrome.

“I’ll definitely be doing more public speaking,” he said.

“I’m very good at it. I did speeches in school, on sports day… I made a speech at my mate’s 21st.” 

Leading a busy life and with a wide support network of friends and family, including parents, Kristen and Neil and siblings, Patrick and Sarah; James has already achieved  a lot in his life.

He is still on a high after meeting the State Governor when he was presented with a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at Government House earlier this year.

James works two shifts at Barossa Mitre 10, attends the Down Syndrome Society’s Work Skills programme each Friday and has a busy weekend social calendar, admitting he “likes to party”.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.