QAISER NIAZI, BCAc
Qaiser is an inspiring martial arts expert from London who has helped transform lives in his local community by campaigning against the dangers of drugs. He opened his first Taekwando club in Newham 27 years ago, recognising the borough desperately lacked community facilities.
He weekly teaches Taekwondo and yoga to more than 200 students, including those with disabilities, at six different locations.
Qaiser is also a passionate anti-drugs campaigner, educating the community on the dangers of addiction. Drawing on his martial arts and yoga experience,he helped a group of 40 teenagers recovering from the physical and psychological effects of addiction. The results achieved were amazing, with reduced stress levels, increased muscle strength, balance and flexibility and better hand-eye coordination. Aside from the many physical benefits, their confidence levels grew – some went on to enrol in university and one joined the forces.
Commenting on the programme Qaiser said: “The Newham drug prevention project involves bringing the qualities of inner strength and personal discipline to those with a drug problem. The programme gives them a sense that someone cares about them, and, that they are important.”
Nominated by: Abdul Aziz