Eighteen-year-old Connar eagerly jumps out of the sparkling blue waters of the busy Orion Springfield Lakes water park with a beaming smile to meet me. Typical of Connar’s take on life, he is excited to share all the great things he enjoys and wastes no time in making me reconnect with my inner-child sense of wonder.
He needed little prompting as we talked about the many varied activities that keeps his week quite full. Typical of most teenagers, some of his favourite things to do are watching Nitro bike stunts, YouTube, hitting the gym, and getting his learners drivers licence. He is also learning how to cook and do some basic banking tasks. However, these things are just at the surface of who Connar is.
RCS Support Worker Glenda who is with Connar today, recalls a story that she was particularly proud of. “Why don’t you tell Trevor about the calendars you bought recently?”. Connar’s face beams as tells me about the time that he went to buy a Nitro calendar for himself but instead came out having bought his two older brothers a ‘sharks and storms’ calendar because he knew they would really like that. “I really love my brothers,” Connar said. It was easy to get the sense of nostalgia and love he has for his family.
Connar enjoys going to the gym and eagerly gave me an active demonstration of how he performs his lunges. While talking with me he also recounts games of ten pin bowling where he gets the occasional strike which makes it even more fun.
Connar told me he enjoys singing and has been writing a couple songs for whom, it remains a top secret. Needless to say, his songs follow the theme of expressing how much he loves and enjoys his family. As I glance over to Glenda, I notice that she is beaming due to the genuine pride she holds for his caring nature. I can’t help but also feel a sense of pride even though I’ve just met him for the first time.