Local Gymnast is jumping for joy with new frames from leading designer
Written by Chris Harris on January 24, 2020
Iconic eyewear designer, Tom Davies, has created a pair of fully bespoke glasses for a gymnast from Northampton with Down’s Syndrome – allowing her to focus on going for gold at the Special Olympics.
Ellie-Bea Thomas was presented with the new frames from local opticians, Tompkins, Knight & Sons. These bespoke glasses have been designed with a specially adapted bridge, allowing to sit squarely on Ellie-Bea’s nose rather than sliding down – a common problem among people with Down’s Syndrome who wear glasses.
Award-winning dispensing optician Andrew Oliver personally arranged for the glasses to be designed by Tom Davies as a surprise for Ellie-Bea, who has recently returned home from the European Championships in Slovakia with a haul of six silver medals.
Ellie-Bea, who competes in rhythmic gymnastics, has taken part in three Special Olympics and has her sights set on the 2021 Games in Liverpool. She is also targeting the 2023 World Games in Berlin.
She said: “For a long time I had to have glasses which didn’t really fit properly and I didn’t like them but TK&S found me some with a special bridge which work brilliantly. Since then I love wearing glasses and to have some designed just for me by someone like Tom Davies is amazing. I feel very lucky.”