Behind every Superkid there’s a super dad, as proved by Martin Holmes.
When I asked Star readers on Twitter if they knew of any inspiring dads to feature to celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday,
Karen Codling, who is chair of the Sheffield Smashers Boccia club, and club secretary Mark Dolan both thought that Martin was pretty amazing. PE teacher Mark wrote a tribute to Martin which you can read here.
Martin and wife Ruth are parents to Jessica, aged 23, who is married, Emmie (10) and Thomas, aged 15, who has cerebral palsy. They live in Heeley, Sheffield.
Thomas, who uses a wheelchair, was recently named as a Star Superkid for his sporting achievements. They include playing Paralympic sport boccia with Sheffield Smashers, who meet every Thursday at Pond’s Forge, Sheffield. Boccia is a precision ball game similar to bowls or petanque.
Martin said: “Boccia is a big thing in Thomas’s life so I became team manager. Because Thomas is so good at the game we needed somebody to keep him motivated and other people motivated as well. It’s nothing I’ve really done before.”