A talented deaf go-kart racer from Torfaen is set to make his debut in a UK-wide contest after receiving another season of sponsorship from a housing firm.
This year, Caleb McDuff will compete for the first time in the MSA IAME British Cadet Championship - a class of the Super One Series for racers aged between eight and 13.Deaf Go-Cart kid gets more sponsors...
The nine-year-old racing hopeful, of Pontypool, is considered the world’s youngest deaf racing driver on a professional career pathand lost 90 per cent of his hearing at the age of two as a result of chronic ear infections.
Despite depending on cochlear implants to hear, the racing hopeful has shown no signs of slowing down and has been sponsored for a second year by housing developer Taylor Wimpey. The developer is currently building homes in Parc Celyn and Maes Brychiad at Edlogan Wharf in Cwmbran and described the youngster as "inspirational". Caleb's father, Ian McDuff, said: "When we were first told the news, we were absolutely devastated.
“Before this, we had sometimes struggled to get Caleb’s attention, but because he was our first child, we didn’t know any better, and as he was so young, neither did he. “He was bullied at school for his cochlear implants because the other children knew that he was different to them, so for a time he refused to wear them.