Down’s syndrome Teen is Hip-Hop pro

Francesca Goff
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When Francesca’s parents were told their daughter had Down syndrome they were concerned about the quality of life she would lead.

Annemarie and Frank Goff needed had worried, they are now a proud mum and dad of a teenager who has devoted her life to hip-hop and she loves every single minute of it.

Eighteen year-old Francesca from Cornwall is a member of three dance groups - PicNMix, Collective Dance Group and TR14ers, but that isn’t all!

She was even invited to the UN in Geneva to speak about her hobby and the dancing she performs across the UK.

The teen told ‘I like to make my family proud and myself proud and I want to work hard as best as I can.

‘I like being with my friends having fun and learning to communicate well and learn new dances.’

Her mum added: ‘She has always enjoyed dancing.

‘Her real love of dancing started in primary school and since then she has performed for local festivals all around Cornwall to raise the profile of Down’s syndrome and show people what they are actually capable of.’

Dad Frank is extremely proud of his daughter and the barriers she has overcome, although he believes more needs to be done to spread awareness of her condition.

‘People always ask the question “is life tough having a child with Down’s syndrome?” and my answer is always the same and that is that it is like having any other child,’ He said.

‘But the more people get out there about Down’s syndrome the less afraid of it people are.’

Her parents aren’t the only family members to express their inspiration about the budding Hip-Hop mover.

Francesca’s sister Cecily said: ‘Down’s syndrome has always been a part of my life so I never thought it was a thing.

‘But when I went to secondary schools you get the segregation of kids with special needs but they are fine when they speak to you in the playground.

‘It is important that that is exposed and shown as normal and it’s something that needs to be focused on more.’

One of the people Francesca met in Geneva was Helen Laverty from the Learning Disability Nursing at the University of Nottingham.

Laverty said: ‘She is never afraid to speak up or out.

‘She is the most effective role model for young children and parents with Down’s syndrome who are just entering the scary world of mainstream education.

‘Francesca inspires people to dream big.’

Hip-Hop originated from the Bronx borough of New York City in the 1970’s.