LOVING LIFE: Eighteen year old Jacob Coffey's love of life and dedication to his favourite NRL team the Cowboys are an inspiration to those around him. Photo Linden Morris / Stanthorpe Border Post
LOVING LIFE: Eighteen year old Jacob Coffey's love of life and dedication to his favourite NRL team the Cowboys are an inspiration to those around him. Photo Linden Morris / Stanthorpe Border Post Linden Morris

Jacob inspires others

NOT everyone has what it takes to inspire others but Jacob Coffey has that something special in spades.

Granite Belt Support Services senior administration officer Janet Boan, who also translates sign language for Jacob, said his love of life was inspiring.

"We don't see his disability at all, we only see his ability," Mrs Boan said.

Jacob, 18, is profoundly deaf, does not talk and communicates via sign language.

Mrs Boan said in addition to Jacob completing Year 12 at Stanthorpe State High School and receiving industry awards he also helped GBSS staff learn sign language, helped with the GBSS Meals on Wheels roster when it fell on school holidays and helped deliver donated Christmas presents.

He line dances, cooks, swims when it's warmer, loves going to the movies and playing on the computer and Play Station.

Jacob, who uses a walker, signed that his favourite part of school was running around the oval on sports day.

Mrs Boan said Jacob would be giving a speech on rugby league and his signed shirts at Granite Belt Speakers Social Club next month and she would translate for him.

"Jacob has such a great sense of humour and it is a pleasure to work with and to watch him grow into the young man that he has become," she said.

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