In a personal letter the NAKMAS National Deputy Chair, Gary Smith wrote:
" I would like to congratulate you on being named the second recipient of the NAKMAS Star Award.
The NAKMAS Star Award recognises outstanding abilities and dedication within the martial arts, and your instructor Joe and NAKMAS are very proud of you, for what you have achieved within the martial arts.
Through your regular training over the years, as well as achieving your youth karate coaching award earlier this year within NAKMAS, you have demonstrated exceptional coaching skills which have impressed instructors and parents alike. The children adore you, and despite having a clinical diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, this has not proved a barrier, in fact, quite the opposite.
Up and down the country, thousands of NAKMAS members train at recognised and accredited classes to develop skills that will see them become disciplined and well-developed individuals which will carry them right through their lives. The NAKMAS Star Award is a small thank you, on behalf of NAKMAS, in recognition of your outstanding abilities and dedication".