Shannon lives full life while deciding on future
SHANNON Nott plays pool at the PCYC like a pro.
With music videos playing in the background, he is smiling and easily beats his opponent.
"You could say I'm pretty good at pool," he said.
He's hanging out with two friends, and quickly agrees to an interview.
First things first, Shannon loves dessert.
"I can't decide whether if I like eating chocolate or dessert more," he said.
"I love them both, and if it was a chocolate dessert then that would win."
He explains it's a big deal for him to make that decision, because he has autism spectrum disorder.
"It affects people differently, but for me it's a bit hard to make decisions and communicate with people," he said.
"But I'm doing both things that can be hard, talking to a stranger and giving answers, so I'm doing pretty well!"
The 22-year-old Gladstone man realised he had autism a few years ago when he asked his teacher at school what it was.
"I was diagnosed when I was little, but I didn't know what it meant until she explained what the spectrum was and that it wasn't Asbergers," he said.
"It does affect me, but I have a great life and do lots of things during the week."
Shannon plays in the local special Olympics basketball and soccer teams, and is an active volunteer working at the library on Tuesdays and doing catering work at the Community Hub.
"But most of all, I love making desserts and I really want to be a pastry chef," he said.
"I might go to TAFE to study, because I would like to learn how to make more desserts."
"The hardest thing I've ever made was a black forest cherry cake and it was delicious."