William Graham from County Fermanagh began life weighing only 1lb 13oz (810 grams) and was three months premature. Within the first few days of his life, his parents found out that he had Cerebral Palsy and that all four of William's limbs would be restricted (Quadriplegic). William is a member of the Lightening Powered Wheelchair Football team and is also a member of the Fermanagh Lakers Boccia team.
William has also completed entry level subjects GCSEs and achieved Level 2 in a BTEC in Hospitality. He also also achieved his Queen's Award in the Boys Brigade and is a very active member of Trillick Young Farmers Club where he has won county awards for public speaking.
William has played for the NI team in the British Boccia Championships and has had trials for the Irish Paralympic Boccia team. He has also won the Irish Cup and Harmony Cup with the Irish Football Association (IFA) Wheelchair Football team and is the current Irish and Ulster Wheelchair Slalom champion.
William first got involved with sport as a member of Riding for the Disabled in Enniskillen and then he attended Special Olympics Football and Athletic training.
Roisin Henry, Disability Sport NI's Inclusive Sports & Leisure Officer in Fermanagh which is a role delivered as a partnership between Disability Sport NI and Fermanagh District Council was William's coach at the Special Olympics and she instantly noticed William's potential when he tried to play Boccia. With her encouragement, William's competitive streak appeared and with the help of Disability Sport NI he achieved a Mary Peters Trust award.
William has benefited a great deal from getting involved with Disability Sport NI and taking part in sport as summed up by his father Joe.
William has found sport a fantastic way of meeting new people and he has made friends throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. Sport has given him great opportunities which he in turn has used to inspire other young people. Sport meets his needs and helps him to be sociable and enjoy his life to full. Joe Graham