Liam ready to speak for himself

A TEENAGER who has conquered a terrible stammer will give a talk in Mirfield about the course that changed his life.

Liam Pogson, 19, will detail his experiences on the McGuire Programme at the Thirsty Man pub in Old Bank Road on Tuesday night.

The hourlong talk would have previously been impossible for Liam, of Coppin Hall Lane, Mirfield, before he went on a fourday course in Wigan on the  McGuire Programme.

Keen cricketer Liam said of his talk: “I’ve been practicing it every day. It’s about the difference between the ‘old’ me and ‘new’ me.

“Before, I was low on confidence. I tried to hide the stammer with tricks and avoidance. And I needed others to order food or buy bus tickets for me.

“But the McGuire Programme changed my life.”

The course taught Liam breathing techniques and a way of speaking that controls the physical need to stammer.

Exercises to overcome his lack of confidence in public included having to go out in Wigan and talk to 100 strangers.

Those on the course then had to give a speech to tutors and their families.

The former Mirfield Free Grammar pupil has years of daily practice and exercises be totally free of stammering.

He has just finished a sports course at Kirklees College and aims to become a fitness instructor as well as a McGuire Programme tutor. Liam is also to raise funds for the scheme by doing a 14mile run from Mirfield to Leeds with a family friend on Sunday July 10.

Proud mum Sara said: “Seeing him do that speech at the end of the course was very emotional. I was in tears it was so inspiring.”

The talk at the Thirsty Man starts at 8pm and anyone who wants to sponsor Liam’s run can call him on 01924 496593.

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