Oakley interviews Toby Gorniak
Toby is a Polish Roma Gypsy, whose family moved to England when he was a teenager due to persecution in Poland. Toby is now a professional hip-hop dancer.
List of questions, with timings
0 sec. Did you do your first back flip on the trampoline or the ground?
On the ground, on grass, in the park
10 sec. Can you do any front flips?
I can do them, but I don’t like them.
22 sec. Can you land front flips?
Yes, but I don’t enjoy them.
44 sec. How old were you when you can to England?
I was just turned 14.
55 sec. How old was your brother when you did a back flip
He was 10, I was 11.
1min 5 sec. Did you get on with your brother?
Really good, family is really important to us.
1 min 10 sec. Where did you grow up?
Poland, Bielsko-Biala near Krakow
1 min 22sec. Did any of the people in school like you?
I had a couple of friends, but it was very difficult because their parents didn’t like them hanging out with a Gypsy kid, so we had to sneak around to play football.
1 min 46 sec. What school did you go to?
Lipton community college?
1 min 57 sec Did you have many friends?
Not to start with. I came from a different place and I didn’t speak any English. I only spoke German, Romany and Polish, so my first friends were those who spoke German. Now I speak 6 language.
2min 32 sec. When did you go to Germany?
I went when I was 4 years old. We lived there for 2 or 3 years, then moved back to Poland.
2min 56 sec. How old were you when you learned English?
I was 14, when I came to England. It took me 3 months to learn the basics so I could communication. and another 3 months to become fluent.
3 min 13 sec. Why did you stay in England?
I fell in love with Plymouth, it’s quite slow and chilled. You get racism everywhere, but it’s something I can cope with. I am building a community and good friendships. It is like home.
3 min 46sec. Did anyone bully you when you were 14?
Yes, many people called me names, wanted to fight, bully me, picked on me it was a daily thing. But I knew I couldn’t get into trouble as it would cause my mum trouble. So I tried my best to get out of trouble.