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Young cyclist Dexter contributes to mental health film – Wokingham.Today
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Young cyclist Dexter contributes to mental health film – Wokingham.Today

A YOUNG urban cyclist cycling to Paris for the Paralympic Games this year found time in his busy training schedule to contribute to a film for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Dexter Rosier, 11, trains at least twice a week on a watt bike at the Bulmershe Leisure Centre, where fitness manager Dave Covey is currently helping him build up his endurance for his 230-mile ride.

He is now also starting to walk the city roads to get him used to cycling in traffic.

“He’s incredibly busy,” said his mother, Sam Rosier, “but he’s training really well and he’s loving it.”

In addition to cycling, Dexter also participates in after-school clubs, athletics, tennis, swimming, football and cricket.

Despite his extremely busy schedule, he somehow found time to meet with representatives from Sport in Mind and Sport England, to contribute to a mental health video to be broadcast online.

Filming took place in Woodford Park, Woodley for an advert for Mental Health Awareness Week.

“It was really exciting to participate,” said Dexter.

“I had the opportunity to play soccer and try archery while we were shooting the video.

“I like football anyway, but I also enjoyed archery and I’m glad I could try it.

“The Sport England team asked me what I do and why.”

Dexter’s long cycle to France in August will raise money for three charities: Sport In Mind; Wheel power; and his teacher’s young son, Theo, who has Fanconi anemia, a rare genetic condition that gradually causes bone marrow failure.

“Sport In Mind has encouraged me to exercise more,” Dexter continued.

“It makes me happy and calms me down.

“It was good to be able to share the benefits of participating in the video with others in the video.”

Dexter’s mother Sam said: “Sport In Mind sees Dexter as a great young ambassador for the charity, so they were delighted he could contribute to the video for Mental Health Awareness Week.

“Plans for his bike ride to France are going well, and we are pleased to have a new sponsor, the Barber Lounge in Woodley.

“We have been going there for haircuts for years and are happy and grateful that they have come on board.”

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from Monday 13 May to Sunday 19 May.

Dexter plans to leave Woodley on Sunday, August 25, and arrive in Paris on Tuesday, August 27.

He still needs more sponsors for his fundraising venture.

For information visit: www.sportinmind.org, www.wheelpower.org.uk, www.sportengland.org, www.fanconihope.org and www.paralympic.org.

To find its sponsors, log on to: www.enterprise.co.uk, www.placesleisure.org and search for The Barber Lounge, Woodley on Facebook.

To support him, people can email: (email protected), or go to: www.donate.giveasyoulive.com and search for Dexter Rosier.