Three years ago, Apish couldn’t swim. “I can do a few lengths of the pool now”, he laughs. Through the Laureus “YES” (Youth Empowerment through Sport) programme, Apish was introduced to an award-winning social entrepreneur called Tim Conibear, who was trialling a programme called “Waves for Change”, using the sport of surfing to help stabilise young people affected by emotional and psychological trauma. Tim said: “Apish had a pretty tricky childhood, growing up pretty much alone. He is fiercely independent but also quite a vulnerable soul and when I met him he had been unemployed for quite a long time. He loved his sport but he didn’t have many formal skills to work with. He’s done brilliantly, he’s now a trained youth care worker”.