Kenneth was fitted with a hearing aid following a playground incident that caused moderate to profound hearing loss at the age of eight. But he hasn’t let this slow him down: in fact, at age 21, Kenneth travelled to South Korea as part of the Australian basketball team to compete at the 7th Asia Pacific Deaf Games.
Life wouldn’t be the same without his hearing aids
He says that getting hearing aids fitted has made a real difference in his ability to get involved with the world around him. I remember not wearing them on one occasion. I could hear a little bit, but the sound was so low and I found it very difficult to follow what was going on around me, says Kenneth.
With the support of his family, Kenneth has worked on achieving his goals—and that includes his passion for basketball and his desire to represent Australia.
I’ve played basketball for the past 15 years, he says.
Since the Sydney Olympics in 2000, my dream has been to play for Australia and wear the green and gold uniform.
That dream has come true
Not that it's been easy. Getting to play for the country takes work.
I want to get better and be the best I can be. I never quit at training, even if the ball doesn’t go in. I keep going and going until I make the shot, he says.
“I’ve proven to everybody that, by working hard and believing in yourself, you can pursue your dream.”
Basketball may be his first love, but Kenneth is pursuing another passion, too.
I love drawing and my goal is to work as a Disney animator one day. To help me reach this goal, I’m currently completing a course in Screen and Digital Media at Box Hill Institute TAFE, he says.
This is one young man who knows how to make his dreams a reality.
No matter who you are, or what you do, just be yourself and enjoy what you love doing.
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