Blind sport charity celebrates 40th birthday

Photo by Chris Vaughan

Having seen its 40th Athletics Open this weekend, London-based charity Metro Blind Sport is now on the lookout for young blind runners to reach the Olympics, competing alongside non-visually impaired athletes. This is inspired by athletes such as American Marla Runyan, who competed in the 1500m at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as well as numerous Paralympic Games.

Metro's Sports Development Officer, Ian Francis, said after Saturday’s medal ceremony: "The event was an incredible success but I am really looking forward to a time when an Olympic event includes a blind British runner, preferably one of ours. They would be such a powerful role model for blind runners across the country."

"As successful as the 40th Metro Blind Sport - Athletics Open is, we are barely scratching the surface in terms of participation. There are almost two million people in the UK living with sight loss, according to the RNIB. This equates to approximately 175,000 Londoners with a registerable visual impairment. We draw our athletes from London and beyond, where at least a thousand people in every London borough are registered blind or partially sighted. Clearly many more people could participate but don't. We really want to reach them."

Read more about Metro Blind Sport here.