DRIVING DYSLEXIA FORWARD

HOW A YOUNG BOY FROM MILTON KEYNES IS QUITE LITERALLY ‘DRIVING’ DYSLEXIA INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

13-year-old Lewis Turkington from Bucks is stepping into the spotlight in a bid to drive Dyslexia into the headlines. The junior racing driver from Buckinghamshire near Silverstone, is a kid on a mission to help inspire other young children who have ‘learning differences, not difficulties’ and encourage them to work hard and aim for the stars when it comes to dreams and ambitions.

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RACING DRIVER

A kid with an ambition to become a professional racing driver, Lewis presents a set of ‘typical dyslexia’ traits, for instance, he struggled to speak, read and write in his early years in Northern Ireland. Despite attending speech therapy aged three and struggling at school, he was never identified as Dyslexic, instead, he was labelled as having low academic ability. A true shining light, the young 5-year-old Lewis undertook hours of after-school tutoring and applied himself beyond limits to achieve in school. It was only when he was 10 years old and living in England, that his learning differences were diagnosed.

NO LIMITS

This was a huge eureka moment for Lewis and his family as they could now understand all his challenges. However, rather than limit Lewis, he researched the success stories of other dyslexic people and dived deep into understanding his triggers and challenges. Lewis is now fully proactive regarding his dyslexia rather than reactive and is flourishing in school. A proud anti-bullying ambassador, the hard-working student was recently invited to take triple science for GCSE. An incredible result for a child initially labelled as one with ‘low academic ability’. He is performing well above average for his age and is always commended for his outstanding attitude to learning and work ethic.

ACADEMIC BY WEEK, RACING DRIVER BY WEEKEND!

Alongside his academic success, young Lewis is competing in his first full motorsport season this year. The enthusiastic Autograss racer has pledged to promote dyslexia on his race car and helmet in an bid to help other young kids believe in their abilities. Aiming to ‘drive the belief that anything is possible with hard work’ the ambitious teenager wants to help promote the belief that dyslexia is not a limit on your dreams.

LISTEN TO LEWIS SPEAK ABOUT DYSLEXIA!

WHAT DOES LEWIS HAVE TO SAY?

“Although I was only 5 at the time, I can remember that meeting with my mum at school in Northern Ireland so clearly.  Looking back, it seems so unfair on both of us, but I’m also thankful that day changed both our lives.

I’ve worked so hard to achieve, because I wanted to and I’ve always had a passion to improve.  To achieve anything in life you have to be prepared to put in the work.

It’s been a challenge at school in the past and I’ve felt unsettled at times, but I never gave up on hopefully reaching that day when my challenges might be easier.  Receiving the professional diagnosis of my dyslexia when I was 10 hasn’t changed my attitude to learning and life, but it has given me ‘some-thing’ to try to understand and be aware of.  Rather than just feeling different, it was a real concept to wrap my head around.  Since then, I’ve learnt to know my triggers and what exaggerates my symptoms.  I’ve become conscious of some of my dyslexia traits and I know I just have to work around them.

The two most important things in managing my thinking are my diet and getting plenty of good quality sleep, they are so important for me being able to perform in school, in sports and on the racetrack.

The school I’m at now have been so wonderful about my involvement in motorsport and the support I receive there is allowing me to reach my potential.  I would never have dreamed of being a triple science GCSE student, but now I feel like I should have dreamt that, and it has inspired me to get the message out there, and start more conversations that we should never allow dyslexia or the name of it to limit what we believe we can achieve.

I’ve been around motorsport all my life and always wanted to be a racing driver, but I’m now determined than ever to chase this dream.  Motorsport has taught me the importance of working hard and it’s been so valuable to me in life.

If I can carry my ‘Driving Dyslexia Forward’ message with me throughout my journey into the future, then just think of the many other kids in school that I might help!

I know I was so lucky being brought up in a professional sporting environment and with a mum that kept me believing I can achieve anything.  Not all kids get this start in life, so maybe I can be the one who inspires them to work hard and keep believing.

I’m Lewis Turkington and I’m #MadeByDyslexia”

FUTURE STAR

Lewis has spent his life immersed in all aspects of the motorsport business and has already clocked up multiple impressive wins this season.  The ambitious youngster is now on the lookout for sponsors to help support his ‘Driving Dyslexia Forward’ motorsport campaign.  The young racing driver is inviting interested parties to support him on this journey as he tries to inspire the youth of today, that having dyslexia is an opportunity not a limit.

To join and support Lewis on this journey, please head to his GoFundMe page.