A COURAGEOUS teenager who beat bullying is to share his story to help other young people.

Thomas Stamp, 17, who has cerebral palsy, autism and ADHD, was assaulted and called names.

Now Thomas, who grew up in Cam, has been given a special role as a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

In his new role, Thomas will be sharing the ups and downs of his sporting journey to positively encourage others to achieve their own sporting potential.

A member of South Gloucestershire Athletics Club and a keen sportsman, playing sport has always provided him with an escape from bullying and other difficulties in his life.

Last year, through his involvement in athletics, Thomas was invited to take part in BBC Children in Need.

As a result, he appeared on BBC’s the One Show, where his description of the bullying he had experienced brought TV presenter Matt Baker to tears.

Thomas recalled how he had been attacked and called names because of his disability, and started to dislike himself as a result.

One Show host Matt said: “It makes me so sad that you had to go through that.”

Thomas replied: “Back then I thought about just quitting and giving up. But now as you can see I did well and I’m still doing well.

“So for anybody going through a hard time I hope they look at me and go ‘If he can do it, why can’t I?’”.

Commenting on his new role, Thomas said: “I accepted with great honour the invitation to become a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport and am looking forward to inspiring generations of children and adults of now and generations to come.”

Thomas, who now lives in Wroughton, still regularly visits family and friends in Cam and the surrounding areas.

He is a T35 sprinter running 100m, 200m and 400m distances and is a regular participant and medallist at Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics events.