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Dear North Melbourne Football Club

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imageThomas dreams about to become a North Melbourne Football Club coach when he grows up. He loves his team so much. Last Friday, his daddy took him to watch his team train at their training ground. The players were very nice to him. They all signed for him! He was such a lucky boy!

Thomas is not a sportsman, not yet anyway, but has already developed strategic skills, possibly a lot to do with his synaesthesia. When his team plays at a stadium, Thomas can see a distinct colour of each player like a shadow on the ground next to that player. The colour follows the player when he doesn’t run too fast. But when an opponent runs over the colour, the colour goes onto the player of the other team as well.

Thomas also automatically sees each player’s name on the front of the player’s football guernsey. Of course, there is no real name physically printed there. This type of Synaesthesia is called ticker-tape Synaesthesia. He can only see a player’s full name when the player faces him directly. When the player turns to a different angle, he can only see the name in partial, just like a name is really there.

With Thomas’ ticker-tape and coloured person Synaesthesia, he always knows where each player is and how fast that player moves around the ground. There is more. When a goal is scored, the colour of a ball turns in green (“G” for Goal and “G” for Green). However, if it is a behind, there are different colours depending on where a behind is scored, but the colour starts with “B” such as “Black” or “Blue”. Colours swap around after each half. They sometimes run from one end of the ground to the other after a quarter finishes.

North Melbourne’s blue and white colours are his favourite colours. The colours spread to many things he loves including his own name and his mummy (me) :-)

3 Comments

  1. You are so awesome! I don’t suppose I’ve truly read a single thing like this before. So great to discover another person with some genuine thoughts on this subject matter. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the web, someone with some originality!

  2. Hello Spring
    Does your colour change when Thomas has an emotional response to your interactions with him.
    It must be an incredible journey your family is on.
    May Thomas see you as blue and white always.
    Go the Roos.

    • I really hope the Roos can win tonight!

      Thanks for your comment Ron. Generally speaking, syn perceptions are consistent. Children may have less consistency comparing with experiences of adult synaesthetes, but overall, still pretty consistent.

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