Pride in Mann: Letisha, 11, is a true inspiration

Prine In Mann 2016: Letisha Ellis with coach Brian Laing

Prine In Mann 2016: Letisha Ellis with coach Brian Laing

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Eleven-year-old swimmer Letisha Ellis was born profoundly deaf, but that hasn’t stopped her from reaching her goals and achieving sporting success.

At the age of three Letisha started taking ballet and tap lessons, at five-years-old she took up mixed martial arts and two years ago she started swimming.

In her short time swimming Letisha has achieved significant success having represented the Isle of Man in the British National Para Swimming Championships in November, bringing home two silver medals, and the British Deaf Swimming Championships in March, winning three silver medals and a bronze medal.

Letisha, who lives in Braddan, is a junior black belt in mixed martial arts, is working towards her grade three ballet and tap exams and on top of that has represented Cronk-y-Berry Primary School in a variety of sports including football, netball, badminton, athletics and cricket.

Her hard work has been recognised and she has been nominated by 18 people in the Sporting Achievement - Rising Star category in Isle of Man Newspapers’ Pride in Mann Awards.

Her mum Joanne Fayle was one of those who nominated her. She said: ‘Letisha was born profoundly deaf and I was devastated as I knew she would always struggle through her whole life. I worried about her education, if she would make friends, if she would ever be able to work, have a partner or even have children of her own.

‘Over the last 11 years, Letisha has never let her hearing loss get the better of her. Her positive attitude towards everything she does is inspiring and she refuses to let anything stop her doing what she wants to achieve.

‘Letisha has always given 100 per cent effort and is resilient in everything she does. I don’t know how she does it, she’s amazing!’

Joanne said Letisha was really pleased and was ‘made up’ to be nominated in the Sporting Achievement - Rising Star category.

• To nominate an outstanding individual or group in the Pride in Mann Awards turn to page 61 for a nomination form

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