Shannon was focused on an ice skating career but was hospitalised with severe injuries after a year of physical and mental abuse. She started using prescription drugs as a means to escape and lost hope.
Ice skater Shannon, 20, was hospitalised after a cruel attack, that aimed to destroy her career and left her with horrific injuries.
Following a year of mental and physical abuse Shannon was left severely beaten and despairing for her future, Shannon began using prescription drugs and alcohol for comfort, growing isolated and unwilling to accept help.
Her mother became her advocate and secured help for her addictions, medication for her depression, and introduced her to a programme called Team to help her regain direction. Team is a 12-week course to build the confidence and employability skills of unemployed young people.
Getting up in the morning was a struggle – and a major side effect from Shannon’s medication – but she felt inspired by Team and enjoyed meeting the other participants.
When Team ended, Shannon enrolled on Get Started with Dance, a Prince’s Trust programme that builds confidence and motivation through dance. It helped her in many ways, but most importantly it prompted her to skate again and reignited her passion for the ice rink. Then, after posting a film of herself skating on Facebook, Shannon was offered an ice-skating performance job in Spain.
Shannon’s passport was out of date and she came close to turning the job down. The Trust stepped in and supported Shannon in securing a Development Award - a grant which helps young people pay for the equipment or training they need to get a job – to pay for a fast-track passport renewal.
Shannon flew out to Spain alone and skated in daily ice-skating shows in front of huge crowds. Her confidence soared and so too did her ambitions. She is now skating her way to success and hopes to land a new skating job in Mexico.